The Trim Your Waste program provides assurance that the positive effects of your waste and recycling program reach as far as possible. To achieve this goal, our skilled team will use the information it gathers about your business to create a start-to-finish path that diverts your materials to the most effective recycling destinations.

We’re constantly evaluating new techniques to provide you with greater choice and accountability.

Our commitment to helping you reach your goals includes using our experience and industry knowledge to create opportunities unique to your situation.

In the case of specialized materials, or extraordinary circumstances, we can locate the most efficient and cost effective approach for you. This level of customization guarantees you, your stakeholders and your customers that your efforts have far-reaching, long-lasting results.


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Out of sight is not out of mind

Creating a healthy, informed and socially responsible waste and recycling plan is only half the battle. Understanding what happens after your material is collected just as important to your peace of mind.

We ensure that your material will be handled properly through our own, state-of-the-art recycling facilities or sent to specialized locations when the need arises. This allows us to recover the highest possible percentage of recyclable material. It also allows for detailed reporting so that you can share results with employees, management and regulators with pride and confidence.

Material Recycling Services Include:

Paper Hand Towels
Product Destruction
Fluorescent Lights
Electronic Waste
Toner cartridges
Wood Skids
Scrap Metal

Make recycling a team effort

The Trim Your Waste program provides free signage that helps you inform employees about the dos and don’ts of recycling. Informative posters in the right location can help everyone make the right decision. You can download the posters on the left side of this page.


Why can I not put my paper coffee cup in my blue box?

Paper coffee cups have a polyethylene (plastic lining) in the middle layer of the cup - this makes the cup difficult to recycle or compost.

In order for coffee cups to be recycled they have to be collected separately and the plastic lids removed. Paper coffee cups are sent to a paper mill in the United States where they are pulped down into tissue paper.

They cannot be pulped with regular paper as it takes longer to pulp due to the plastic lining.

Can paper towels be recycled?

Yes - Paper towels can be recycled as long as they are collected separately in clear plastics bags. They must be clean of contaminants. Most facilities recycle the paper towels from their washrooms. Paper towels cannot be mixed in with your office paper in your indoor paper recycling bins.

Do you have any recycling signs or stickers I can post explaining the program?

Yes. Please contact our Trim Your Waste Team.

Do you sell recycling bins?

Yes. Please see our equipment list or contact our Trim Your Waste Team for further details.

What recycling programs is my facility required to have in place by law?

Under Ontario regulation 102/94 source separation programs all facilities that meet a certain criteria Regulation 103/94 IC&I Source Separation Programs are mandated to have programs in place for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles.

What is the difference between diversion rate and capture rate?

Capture rate

The percentage of recyclable materials that is diverted from landfill and captured in the recycling stream. Capture rates measure the effectiveness of a recycling program. Achieving a capture rate of 100% requires that all recyclables be placed in the recycling stream and that the waste stream consist solely of non-recyclable residual materials.

Diversion rate

The percentage of all outgoing materials (i.e. waste and recyclable materials) that is being diverted from landfill and being recovered. Achieving a diversion rate of 100% requires that all outgoing material be recyclable and placed in the recycling stream. In other words no residual materials.

Are recycling programs mandatory? If so, where do I get up-to-date information on my industry’s requirements?

In most cases, there are requirements for industrial, commercial and institutional waste management practices. You can obtain that information through the IC&I Source Separation Program.

A customized Trim Your Waste program is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to meet or exceed the standards set for your business.

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Manufacturing recycled paper produces 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution, as well as using 58% less water and 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp.
1 tonne of recycled paper saves 3700 pounds of lumber and 24,000 gallons of water.
Making one tonne of recycled paper uses only about 60% of the energy needed to make a tonne of virgin paper.
Canadians take home over 55 million plastic shopping bags every WEEK
Recycling plastics and aluminum uses only 5% to 10% as much energy as making new plastic or smelting aluminum.
2/3 of our household waste can be composted.
Canadians produce approximately 7 million tonnes of organic waste each year.
5 billion drink boxes are thrown away each year in North America.
North America has 8% of the world's population, consumes 1/3 of the world's resources and produces almost half of the world's non-organic garbage.
70% of landfill waste could be either reused or recycled.
One liter of oil can contaminate a million liters of ground water.
Recycling glass -- energy savings of 33%
Recycling paper -- energy savings of 64%
Energy savings per tonne of finished plastic bottles is enough to fill a 20-gallon gas tank every week for ten years.
Recycling a glass jar saves enough energy to light a bulb for four hours.
Recycling old corrugated cardboard cuts sulfur dioxide emissions in half and saves 1/4 of the energy used to manufacture it.
Recycling one tonne of paper you save: 17 trees, 6953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 583 pounds of air pollution.
It takes 95% less energy to produce new aluminum from discarded aluminum pop cans than from raw materials.
Recycling one aluminum can save the amount of energy to light one 100-watt bulb for 20 hours or run a TV for 3 hours.
Approximately 35% of municipal solid waste is packaging.
$1 out of every $10 spent on food goes into packaging.
A 150 pound woman throws away 90,000 pounds of garbage.
The average North American will throw away 600 times their adult weight in garbage over the course of their lifetime.
In our schools alone, the average school-age child produces 40 pounds of garbage from their daily lunch each year.
By the age of 6 months, the average Canadian has consumed the same amount of resources as the average person in the developing world consumes in a lifetime.
-Recycling Council of Ontario
In a lifetime, the average North American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage. A 68 kg adult will leave a legacy of 40,825 kg of trash.
Natural Resources Canada
Plastic products contribute 7% by weight and 30% by volume to municipal solid waste.
-Recycling Council of Ontario
Across Canada it costs more than $1.5 billion per year to dispose of garbage.
-Destination Conservation
Presently, 80% of municipal and industrial solid waste in Canada is disposed of by landfilling processes, with the remainder disposed through recycling, resource recovery and incineration. -Government of Canada
In a lifetime, the average North American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage. A 68 kg adult will leave a legacy of 40,825 kg of trash.
Natural Resources Canada