Yorkdale is committed to sustainability. One of Canada’s first shopping centres to implement a recycling program, since 1994 Yorkdale has continually increased its targets for reducing waste year after year. The shopping centre is equipped with 10 compactors, and all cardboard, paper, bottles, cans and plastics are recycled on site. As well, all retailers are encouraged to participate in the recycling program to ensure Yorkdale not only meets each new target but exceeds it.
In 2012, Yorkdale expands its Green Program. The shopping centre’s $220-million expansion project includes several new eco-conscious concepts. Dine on 3, for example, features signature, reusable plates, bowls, glasses and cutlery, which reduce waste by 85 percent. Its state-of-art-scullery is designed to compost all organic food waste. Yorkdale’s restrooms are furnished with the latest hands-free faucets and low-flow toilets to conserve water. Topping off the 2012 expansion is a 65,000 square-foot green roof installed to save energy by reducing atmospheric heating.