You can now recycle black plastic at this Toronto grocery store

Apr 29 2019, 8:58 pm

Whether you’re a full-fledged environmentalist or not, there’s a solid chance you’ve been frustrated with how Toronto deals with—or doesn’t deal with—black plastic.

According to the city’s website, black plastic is not accepted as recyclable because:

  • There is no stable market for the volume of black plastic generated in Toronto
  • Black plastic cannot be sorted mechanically at the recycling facility because the optical sorting technology cannot recognize it.

But there’s one spot you can go to in the city that will recycle those items for you. The Junction’s natural food grocer The Sweet Potato.

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The store has found a private recycling company located in Fergus that recycles black plastic. All you need to do is bring your clean black plastic items to the grocery store, and they’ll make sure they’re recycled responsibly.

“We’re looking at more sustainable options going forward (stay tuned!). But we also wanted to come up with a better solution for all of the black plastic containers that we purchased back when we thought they were properly recyclable, and we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve come upon a solution that, while not ideal, we think is viable for the time being,” the grocery store shared in a blog post.


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This new program applies to all black plastic; not just items that have been purchased from The Sweet Potato in the past (when they were under the impression that those items were recyclable).

The grocer can recycle baby food pouches too. And don’t worry, they’re covering the cost of the process. All you need to do is bring those items to the store.

This is one way to let Earth Month continue into the rest of the year by making small, everyday decisions that make a big impact.

The Sweet Potato

Address: 108 Vine Avenue
Phone: 416-762-4848


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