Lynden Park Mall Goes For Zero Waste

One Canadian shopping center is close to reaching an impressive milestone in its sustainability goals: diverting 90% of all its waste from the landfill. Lynden Park Mall hopes to meet the standards of the Zero Waste International Alliance when it’s audited in 2011.

The Brantford Expositer has more on their hard work. Here’s an excerpt:

“Toussaint said that, in an average week, about 700 kilograms of waste and recyclables -about the same weight as an adult male polar bear -are accumulated in the food court.

With the new program, more than 630 kilograms will be diverted from landfill and recycled.

Shoppers are being asked to put their waste into three different bins. One is for regular recycling…Another is for organic recycling…The third bin is for non-organics: those items that can’t be recycled, including plastic straws, cutlery and lids. That non-recyclable material, said Toussaint, accounts for only about 4% of the total waste.

Information about The Zero Waste Program, including instructions, is posted on food court tables. Diners also have the option of leaving their garbage on racks and staff will dispose of it.”

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