Toronto's first citywide reusable takeout program launches February 21

Feb 14 2020, 12:05 pm

While the last year has seen the rise of sustainability efforts in Toronto, there is always room to grow and improve when it comes to the health of the environment.

And to make doing good by the earth easy for Torontonians, reusable container program Wisebox is gearing up to launch its four-month pilot on February 21.

The program will serve as Toronto’s first city-wide reusable container program, offering a way for restaurants and their patrons to generate less waste when enjoying food on the go.

Starting next Friday, you’ll be able to pop into participating restaurants for a bite and, for a $5 deposit, take your food to go in one of Wisebox’s containers. When you’re finished, you can return the box to any participating location for a refund on the deposit.

The service will also offer a loyalty program, which members can participate in to receive up to 15% off meals that are taken out in the reusable boxes.

Since early 2019, Toronto has welcomed several low- or zero-waste shops, restaurant-specific reusable container programs, and coffee cup programs too.

The addition of Wisebox to the city’s efforts to reduce waste will reduce single-use containers across the city by more than one million units this year, according to the company.

Starting with availability at a number of downtown locations, the program aims to expand to more than 100 additional restaurants as the year goes on.

And this is only Phase 1. In June, Phase 2 will launch with improvements based on customer feedback. So if you’re wanting to inform the future of low-waste options in Toronto, now is your time.

Er — February 21 is your time, anyway.