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- National Solid Waste Benchmarking Study
- Reporting Requirements for Single-Use Batteries
- Food Waste Pilot Project
- ICI Waste Reduction Committee

Statistics Canada estimates the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (IC&I) sector is responsible for 65 per cent of the 25 million tonnes of waste generated annually in Canada and diverts 19 per cent of it. Comparatively, the residential sector has a diversion rate of more than 65 per cent largely driven from municipal programs.

A barrier for improvement in IC&I waste diversion includes organizations and facilities being largely serviced by private haulers where services are procured more regionally and collection is decentralized, which makes it difficult to collect consistent materials types in reliable quantities and secure dependable end-markets. Recycling and composting programs are procured on a fee for service basis, paid for on a building or portfolio basis challenging economies of scale and costing structures. Coupled with a lack of regulated performance standards and reporting requirements there is limited means to motivate improvement.

Governments at all levels are seeking to improve the waste reduction performance of the IC&I sector, and Ontario has indicated it as a priority area in the provincial strategy that is tied into Waste-Free Ontario Act.

That’s why RCO is continuing its work on waste reduction in the IC&I sector initiated by Knowledge Sessions series and focusing resources to affect improvements in the private sector.

IC&I Waste Reduction Committee

RCO has established an Advisory Committee populated by organizations that own and manage some of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada - and more than 2.5 billion square feet worldwide - to add to a knowledge base that can be leveraged in a variety of ways. The committee members represent diverse IC&I sector and will work in a collaborative and non-competitive fashion.

Committee Goals

  • Improve stakeholder understanding of key areas of concern and opportunity.
  • Better understand waste characterization, management and reporting as it relates to performance.
  • Share information on policy changes and how they can be managed as they occur.
  • Establish and expand upon resources.
  • Provide opportunities to collaborate across sectors.
  • Explore linkages to procurement of goods and service and waste reduction performance.
  • Make inventory and available work being undertaken on waste reduction performance and best practices to create resources and reduce duplication.




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Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $549 billion as at July 31, 2013, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions. Operates 900+ branches in Canada and eight other countries.

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BMO's success to date in managing sustainability issues has earned it a position on several key sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Series Index. BMO is also included on the Maclean's/Jantzi-Sustainalytics list of the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada and Corporate Knights Magazine's Best 50 Corporate Citizens.

Environmental, Social and Governance Report (ESG) and Public Accountability Statement 
Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest owners, operators and developers of best-in-class office, retail and mixed-use properties in North America. The company also invests in retail, mixed-use and industrial real estate in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico; and owns 72 properties in Canada, including landmark developments, such as Toronto-Dominion Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Pacific Centre, and CF Chinook Centre. 38 million

By practicing the fundamentals of reducing, reusing and recycling, CF minimizes demand for raw materials, cuts methane gas emissions from landfills and protects water quality. Recycled materials typically include paper, cardboard, organics, construction waste, plastics cans, bottles and electronic waste and today, clients, shoppers and CF employees have an expectation that wasteis recovered and removed responsibly.  

Responsibility at Cadillac Fairview
CBRE Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2010 revenue).  The Company has approximately 31,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting.  1.7 billion

By aggregating and sharing expertise in “green” building policies, processes and procedures, CBRE can make a tangible impact on improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate change; and work with  clients to make their facilities greener, save them money, and contribute to the growing battle against climate change.​​​ 

Corporate responsibility at CBRE Canada 
EllisDon is a world-leading construction and building services company that completes in excess of $3.5 billion worth of contracts annually, in every market sector and across the globe.
 10 million EllisDon's proprietary Environmental Management System (EMS) managed by the in house Environmental Manager launched toward the end of 2012, is a compilation of policies, procedures, and best management practices for use company-wide. This "living document" is updated according to advancements in environmental laws, sustainability and industry best practices and allows EllisDon to raise the bar on environmental stewardship and provides more value for clients by increasing accountability of its employees, subcontractors and service providers.  Health, Safety, and Environment
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. With 41 million passengers in 2015, Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest airport, and North America’s second largest international passenger airport, as measured by the total number of annual international passengers. Toronto Pearson is a hub for the movement of people and goods across the country and the continent, and also around the globe. 9 million  Environmental responsibility is at the heart of the GTAA. Toronto Pearson was the first North American airport to achieve ISO 14001:2004 certification for environmental management. The GTAA established a system to monitor and improve environmental performance in all aspects of airport operations. The GTAA is committed to ensuring that activities undertaken at the airport are carried out with this in mind — and the YYbeeZ apiary is just one of many ways the airport is committing to sustainability. CSR at YYZ
JLL is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services​ to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual fee revenue of $4 billion, JLL has more than 200 corporate offices and operates in 75 countries worldwide. ​.  3 billion As a part of a commitment to create real value in a changing world, JLL is determined to hold itself accountable for the social, environmental and economic impacts of operations, and is committed to developing policies, business practices and services that drive change in its industry. Community and Supply Chain
Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is a Canada-based company engaged in food distribution and is also a provider of drugstore, general merchandise, and financial products and services. The Company is a subsidiary of Weston Limited (Weston). The Company offers the Canada’s (private) label program, including President’s Choice, no name, and Joe Fresh Style brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers President’s Choice Financial services and offers the PC points loyalty program.  43 million Waste reduction and diversion are priorities for stores, distribution centres, and store support centres with programs to handle just about every type of waste material including: cardboard; recyclables (plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, paper); organics (produce trimmings); perishable food (dairy, meat and bakery goods); plastic  lm (shrink-wrap); meat and seafood (bones and fat); damaged grocery goods; brown grease; yellow grease (grease from home meal replacement department); electronic waste; expired medication, sharps, and syringes CSR at Loblaw

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. It is one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services, and capital markets products and services on a global basis. It has over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 36 other countries. 

  The RBC Environmental Blueprint includes 20 specific, long-term footprint reduction targets and commitments for greenhouse gas emissions, energy, paper, water, waste, green buildings and responsible procurement. It monitors and report progress against these commitments and provides details on  programs and performance in its annual Corporate Responsibility Report. Community and Sustainability 
University Health Network consists of Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.  

Greening health care is no small matter at UHN. So much so that it has it written in stone (well, not so much stone as an official policy) that UHN is proudly dedicated to patient and planet-centred care. The Energy and Environment department motto is Supporting Patient Care Through A Sustainable Environment, so that health care does not create health problems. With these ideas in mind, in 2000, UHN adopted an environmental management system to identify opportunities to green the hospital and rehab sites.

Talkin' Trash with UHN

Walmart Canada was established in 1994 with the acquisition of the Woolco chain. Over the past 18 years, Walmart Canada has more than doubled the number of stores in Canada and more than tripled the number of associates, creating a strong, stable retail chain which offers career opportunities.

With headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, Walmart Canada now operates a growing network of more than 400 stores, including traditional discount stores, supercentres and an environmental demonstration store in Burlington, Ontario. With nearly 90,000 associates the company is one of Canada's largest employers. Walmart Canada's corporate culture was recently ranked among the 10 most admired corporate cultures in Canada by Waterstone Human Capital Inc.


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Demonstrating leadership in environmental sustainability and minimizing impact on the environment is an essential part of life at Walmart Canada. In 2005, Walmart announced three global sustainability goals:

  1. To be supplied 100% by renewable energy
  2. To create zero waste
  3. To sell products that sustain people and the environment
Sustainability at Walmart Canada 


The committee is currently at capacity with future consideration for expansion. Although membership to this committee is not open to all RCO members, outcomes of its discussions will be made available. Next steps as it relates to RCO’s upcoming work in this area will also become part the organization's strategic planning.




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