Announcing TEA’s Zero Waste High Rise Project

We are thrilled to announce a new three-year project that will help Toronto’s high-rise buildings reach their zero waste goals.

TEA has been amplifying the success stories of leading zero waste buildings like 430 Mayfair on the Green in Scarborough and 812 Burnhamthorpe Road in Etobicoke.

Word is getting around and it’s inspiring residents of high-rise buildings across the city to reduce their waste and their carbon footprint. One of the first questions people ask is, "How do we get started?". Our new project might just be the answer they were looking for.

In partnership with waste experts and researchers from the University of Toronto and York University, this project aims to support zero waste efforts in 26 high-rise buildings over 3 years. In addition to tracking success through waste audits, greenhouse gas offset calculations and site visits, we will be digging deep to identify innovative waste solutions for vertical communities, foster peer learning among high-rise building managers, and motivate behaviour change at the household level.

The project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation program and with significant in-kind support from UofT researchers.

The project involves working closely with a number of buildings across Toronto to help teams of building staff and residents develop and implement waste reduction plans. If you would like your building to be one of the first we work with, please read more about what the project involves and contact us using the form here!

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.