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What We're Doing

​Reuse Opportunities Across Canada

The Council's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan identified expanding the reuse of products as a priority area of focus. To inform the expansion of work into reuse, the Council commissioned a landscape scan on reuse initiatives, programs, and policies to understand the opportunities available to advance reuse in Canada.

Reuse in Canada Landscape Scan: Understanding Opportunities to Advance Reuse identified and generalized the gaps and barriers to adopting reuse across six sectors in Canada: food packaging, personal care and household care product packaging, textiles (apparel and carpet), construction, renovation, and demolition materials, electronic equipment, and household goods/appliances. From the scan of research, policies, practices, and innovations related to reuse in Canada and beyond, the report provides recommendations for the opportunities to close gaps or overcome barriers generally and for each of the six sectors.

​Reusable Products & Services

The uncertainty around the safety of reusable products and services during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a diminished presence of reusables across the retail sector. To address this the Council to better understand the risk of reusables and the long-term implications for their viability. 

Opportunities for Reusables in Retail Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada provides a science-based analysis and confirms that as long as precautions remain in place, reusable items such as bags, mugs, and refill dispensaries don't pose significant risk in terms of transmission of COVID-19, and in fact, can pose significant benefits. The report is authored by a team of experts from the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Reusable Products & Services

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