Roll-out of low-waste dining areas at Cadillac Fairview

Building on its commitment to sustainability, Cadillac Fairview (CF) is adding to its existing portfolio by introducing new low-waste dining halls at two Ontario shopping centres this week – CF Fairview Mall and CF Masonville Place.

CF’s low-waste dining halls feature two main components, a sorting station and advanced organic composter.

Leveraging these pieces of equipment, CF is better able to mitigate the consequences of food waste creation through better sorting and diversion of organics and plastics materials, while reducing emissions from organic materials.

“As part of our commitment to ensuring a resource-filled and sustainable future, CF is proud to bring advanced sustainability solutions to more properties in Ontario,” said Karen Jalon, Vice President, Sustainability, Energy, & Smart Technology. “Our investments in this equipment will empower more Ontarians to reduce waste and ensure we can meet our collective goals together.”

Last year, CF Lime Ridge was the first Ontario property to implement a low-waste sorting station, one part of the system that makes up CF’s low-waste dining halls.

The low-waste dining halls are a proactive response to combating waste ahead of the projected Ontario organics landfill bans and Canada Zero Plastic Waste ban in 2030. CF Sherway Gardens also recently implemented a low-waste sorting station, and several more CF properties across Ontario are scheduled to receive the upgraded dining hall equipment later this year, including CF Markville.

Advanced organic composting technology will significantly improve organics recycling and reduce the volume of organics materials by up to 80 per cent. (CNW Group/Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited)

The sorting stations, designed in collaboration with Gorrie/Unwasted, are constructed from 95 per cent recycled plastic, 85 per cent recycled metal, and 65 per cent recycled quartz. Guests who have finished their meals can bring a tray to the sorting station where trained staff will separate materials, effectively diverting food waste from landfills. The sorting stations are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), with a section of the counter space lowered for ease of access to patrons in wheelchairs.

The advanced composting technology, from Terraforma Systems, significantly improves organics recycling, the most expensive waste stream for CF’s external haulers and an increasingly banned waste product at landfills. The technology also reduces the weight and volume of organic materials by up to 80 per cent through the application of heat and microbial decomposition, which in turn, effectively cuts the number of trucks needed to transport materials.

CF practices an industry-leading approach to waste diversion and recovery, with over 46,210 tonnes of waste diverted from landfills in 2022.

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