How one Canadian food court eliminated 117 bags of garbage a day

By Emily Chung, Christine Birack and Melanie Glanz, CBC News, August 10, 2018

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The food court at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto used to generate 120 bags of garbage a day. Now it produces just three — despite the fact that it serves noodles, fried chicken, burgers and other fast foods to 24,000 customers a day.

"It actually just goes to show the type of waste that is here in the food collection or after you finish your meal — how much of that is actual garbage," said Claire Santamaria, the mall's general manager.

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