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Chart showing how to sort waste into appropriate binsComposting is nature's way of recycling! It is a process that allows microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi to break down organic materials. The product of composting is used to improve soil fertility and can enhance the growth of gardens and crops.

We're pleased to feature a composting program in our On The Go Bistro and Harlequins cafeterias (other cafeterias to follow suit in the near future). Organics receptacles are provided near the exit of each cafeteria where you can dispose of our new compostable food containers, food scraps and soiled tissues.

Do your part to help keep Sunnybrook clean and green!

Mixed recyclables (in the blue bin)

  • Salad containers
  • Coffee / tea cups (no lids, no liquid)
  • Soup containers
  • Plastic beverage bottles
  • Aluminum cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Tetra paks
  • Plastic bags, wrap and stretch film
  • Plastic tubs and lids
  • Milk cartons
  • Steel food cans
  • Knives, forks and spoons
Paper (in the grey bin)
  • Teriyaki plates
  • Pizza boxes
  • Paperbags
  • Cup holders
  • Box board
  • Magazines
  • Newsprint
Organics (in the green bin)
  • Fruit / vegetable scraps
  • Meat / fish / chicken scraps
  • Breast, pasta, grain, rice and pastries
  • Dairy products
  • Egg and eggshells
  • Coffee, grounds, filters and tea bags
  • Compostable food containers
  • Soiled tissue and napkins
Non-recyclables (in the garbage. Reduce if possible!)
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Coffee / tea / soup lids
  • Veggie grab bags
  • Condiment packs
  • Salad dressing packs
  • Hot chocolate packs / Pizza Pizza chicken bags
  • Chip bags

The new compostable food containers are a great eco-friendly alternative to traditional Styrofoam clamshells as they are made of organic matter that will break down in a compost system or landfill. The food containers are lined with a corn starch based film which is a clear, thin sheet that acts as a complete moisture and grease barrier, protecting the container and allowing it to stand up against any and all types of food.

By composting your organic materials you can greatly reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills and keep the world a healthy place!