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Reducing the environmental footprint of City operations

The City of Toronto is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of City operations and realise the vision of Toronto as a ‘clean, green and sustainable’ city. All cultural events that take place on municipal streets or on Nathan Phillips Square immediately in front of Toronto City Hall are required to provide a waste management plan that aligns with the City of Toronto’s target to divert 70% of its waste. In recognition of the landfill waste produced by plastic water bottles, a programme was implemented in 2012 which prohibits the sale and distribution of bottled water at all City facilities and civic squares, including city owned cultural sites and festivals.

Image credit: Courtesy City of Toronto, Project Radical Histories, Artist Ibrahim Mahama