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Recycling Record Setters Program Profiles: Retail Shopping Complexes

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DUFFERIN MALL TORONTO, ONTARIO Contact: David Hall Dufferin Mall Toronto, Ontario (416) 532-1152

The Dufferin Mall recycling program began in 1992. Corrugated cardboard, glass, cans, newspaper, fine paper, polystyrene, and coat hangers are collected through 64 common area receptacles and specially designed containers in the Food Court. Each store in the mall also has a blue box. Pre-consumer food discards are collected from the loading dock of the Food Court restaurants and are composted. The Mall is diverting 42% of the waste it generates.

PLAZA CAMINO REAL CARLSBAD, CA Contact: Joe Ross Plaza Camino Real 2525 El Camino Real, Suite 100 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (619) 729-6183

The Plaza Camino Real started recycling in 1993. Currently its recycling program captures cardboard, mixed paper, cans, bottles, green waste, construction metals, fixtures, food discards, and plastics. This 1.12 million square feet enclosed shopping center, with 5 major department stores and 150 specialty shops, has decreased waste by more than 60% and saves more than $42,000 in hauling and tipping fees annually.

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