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Why Toronto needs a local single-use plastic ban May 08, 2024

May 23, 2023 City Council Update


All over the planet, people are grappling with the plastic pollution crisis; it’s clear that we need regulations and action at all levels of government to solve this problem.

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Toronto is hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026 March 19, 2024

This is a letter sent by TEA and our partners to Toronto City Council about the concerns and steps that need to be taken around Toronto hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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UPDATE: City Council takes the next steps towards funding transit with Commercial Parking Levy March 07, 2024

Success! On February 29th, City Council’s Executive Committee instructed City staff to move forward to the next step in implementing a commercial parking levy.

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New Single-Use By-Laws starting March 1st in Toronto March 01, 2024

Reusable Toronto and TEA celebrate Toronto’s new by-laws to reduce single-use waste! Starting March 1st, two new by-laws mean Toronto businesses and customers will be dealing with less waste.

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Brave New Budget: The City must raise property taxes to make critical progress on climate action February 01, 2024

As Toronto residents who care deeply about taking action on the climate crisis, what are we prepared to do?

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Toronto’s 2024 budget holds steady on climate and environment funding, but we can’t risk further delays January 16, 2024

The first draft of Toronto’s 2024 Budget is out, which sets out spending for city services like libraries, parks, roads, bike lanes, shelters, sewers, and many other important parts of our daily lives. Keep reading to take a deep dive into what this draft of the budget means for Toronto's climate and environmental action.

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Thank you for 35 years of TEA! December 22, 2023

On behalf of the TEA team, thank you for attending the 2023 Greener City Celebration and joining us in celebrating 35 years of TEA!

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Victory! Toronto moving forward on plan to tackle single-use plastics and foodware December 20, 2023

Toronto Council unanimously voted at their December meeting to move forward to the next phase of the Single-Use Reduction Strategy. The plan includes a range of programs, business supports, and bylaws that will all work together to move our city away from wasteful, unnecessary single-use plastics and foodware, and towards waste free reusable alternatives.

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ACTION UPDATE: Toronto’s Single-Use & Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy November 27, 2023

For years, Toronto has been working on a Single-Use Reduction Strategy to tackle single-use bags, foodware and cutlery.  It’s currently in a voluntary phase focused on education and support for small businesses, and Toronto City Council is expected to vote on the next phase that includes regulations before the end of this year.

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Share your wish list for Toronto’s next budget! November 17, 2023

This year, the City of Toronto is hosting in-person and online consultations with the public before bringing forward a proposed budget for 2024. This a huge opportunity to name your priorities, like climate action, transit, housing, and more.

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TEA supports City Council direction to transition Vehicle-for-Hire industry to zero emissions by 2030 October 11, 2023

TEA submitted a letter to City Council in support of the City's overall direction to transition the Vehicle-for-Hire (VFH) industry to zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) by 2030.

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TEA supports Mandatory Emissions Performance Standards for buildings in Toronto September 20, 2023

TEA submitted a letter to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee that commends the City of Toronto's plan to implement Mandatory Emissions Performance Standards for buildings in Toronto.

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TEA commends City Staff’s work on finding solutions for retrofitting Toronto’s buildings September 20, 2023

TEA submitted a letter to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee that commends City Staff’s work on finding solutions for retrofitting Toronto’s existing building stock.

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TEA calls on the City to safeguard Toronto’s waste diversion results September 19, 2023

TEA submitted a letter to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee that calls on City Council to safeguard Toronto’s waste diversion results.

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TEA supports efforts to carry out a consumption-based emissions inventory September 19, 2023

TEA submitted a letter to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee about the City of Toronto's efforts to carry out a consumption-based emissions inventory for both community (city-wide) and corporate emissions. 

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UPDATE: City Council takes the next steps to fund transit, housing, and climate action September 13, 2023

Last week, thanks to your emails, tweets, and posts, Toronto City Council agreed to move ahead with a set of new funding tools vital to the city’s long-term environmental and financial sustainability.

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We need answers from the Province about the Etobicoke chemical spill September 07, 2023

TEA and our allies sent a letter to the Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks asking for answers about the Etobicoke chemical spill.

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The grocery giants need to reduce plastic August 29, 2023

The Canadian government has outlined a plan to make major grocery retailers cut down on the plastic packaging filling store shelves, and offer more groceries in bulk and refillable containers.

This is a big step towards eliminating plastics and single-use packaging.

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My community's resilience in the face of climate change August 09, 2023

As a fellow resident of St. James Town, I intimately understood the challenges and discomfort associated with heatwaves.

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Most of Ontario's recyclable drink containers are going right to the landfill. A deposit return system can help. August 04, 2023

Less than half of non-alcoholic drink containers in Ontario are collected and recycled in the blue box. This is simply not good enough. Better deposit-return systems could be the solution we need to keep these containers out of landfills.

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