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Toronto malls use coffee recycling program


April 20, 2015
By Canadian Vending

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April 20, 2015, Toronto – Toronto shopping centres Eglinton Square and Cloverdale Mall
have erased their coffee footprint with an innovative program called
Grounds to Gardens.

April 20, 2015, Toronto – Toronto shopping centres Eglinton Square and Cloverdale Mall
have erased their coffee footprint with an innovative program called
Grounds to Gardens.

Since 2013 the Bentall Kennedy-managed properties have collected 116,540 pounds (52,862 kilograms) of coffee grounds from their food service
retailers, the company said in a news release. Partnering with Reground Organics, 100 per cent of the used coffee
grounds, which are rich in nitrogen, are mixed with nutrients to create
sustainable potting soil.

The malls will celebrate this environmental achievement on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shoppers can receive a free 18-litre bag of nutrient-rich potting soil
from the malls' coffee grounds for their gardens in exchange for
electronic waste through the Community Drive-Up E-Waste Collection; or
by donating $2 to Evergreen, a national not-for-profit that makes Canadian cities more livable.

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"Coffee grounds at these properties used to be sent to landfills with other waste where they emit greenhouse gases," explains Darren Neely, marketing manager, Eglinton Square, in the release. "By collecting these grounds we've
given them a whole new use while helping make a difference to the
environment," adds Jennifer Bolton, marketing director, Cloverdale Mall.

"Innovative efforts and solutions like Grounds to Gardens will help
overcome the waste diversion challenges that are prevalent in Ontario's commercial sector," says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario. "Turning otherwise landfilled materials like coffee grounds into
valuable and sustainable soil nutrient is just one of many processes
that qualified Cloverdale Mall for 3RCertified status."