Metropolis and the Environment
Improving our community
Metropolis at Metrotown is dedicated to engaging our customers to improve our community, now and in the future. Each year Metropolis supports a variety of initiatives from health care to arts to the environment.
Reducing, Reusing & Recycling
Metropolis understands the importance of a healthy environment, has taken action to reduce our ecological footprint and we aim to continually improve our practices. To date, we have successfully reduced our energy usage through the use of LED lights and autotiming systems and by turning off our fireplace when it is not needed, have reduced our natural gas consumption. Metropolis has also been a hub of recycling activity for years, providing tenants and retailers an opportunity to recycle paper, cardboard, tin, glass and electronics. Through our efforts we have been able to save several hundreds of trees, reduce waste and also help those less fortunate through the donation of computers, printers and monitors.
Installed in 2015, organic recycling stations in the Food Court allow customers to simply bring their trays to one of the four stations, and our team will separate the organics, plastics, paper, bottles/cans, and waste items. This will lead to more organic material being diverted from the landfill and properly composted.
Our procurement process has also been modified to focus on being green. For years we have recycled paper but now we use only recycled paper, double side our printing and strive to use green suppliers such as FedEx and Flash Couriers. Many of our contractors are also green. BEST, for example, uses eco-friendly cleaning solutions and equipment and Premiere Landscaping also uses eco-friendly landscaping materials.
Metropolis at Metrotown's commitment to taking action on climate change also includes encouraging our staff to reduce their environmental footprints and supporting environmental organizations.
Since 2013 Alveole has been installing beehives across North American cities. Their goal is to educate companies, organizations, schools and families about bees and beekeeping. As well as shedding light on important issues related to industrial agriculture such as pesticide use, monocultures, and the loss of biodiversity.
On May 21, 2019 Alveole beehives were installed on the rooftop of Metropolis at Metrotown! We now have two hives that are home to 18,000 bees!
ChopValue aims to promote a circular economy by partnering with organizations to recycle their chopsticks locally and turn them into products for re-entry into the local economy.
As of February 1, 2022, Metropolis at Metrotown has recycled 848,383 chopsticks since the start of the program! This has offset 1,165.67kg of CO2 emissions!
For more info on ChopValue visit their website.
CAR SHARE PROGRAMS
Metropolis at Metrotown is home to car share program Evo. Evo vehicles are available for users on the UP2 parking lot off Central Blvd near Walmart.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS
Six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are located in the P1 parkade below Atrium Court and are open from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.
RECYCLING AT METROPOLIS
The problem of plastics in the ocean is a global issue. With the largest shoreline in the world, Canada plays a particularly important role in protecting the world’s oceans. With a large portion of this coast line being in BC bordering the North Pacific Ocean, it is increasingly important that we do our part to stop plastic from entering the ocean.
According to Greenpeace, Canada generates 3.25 million tonnes of plastic waste annually. Plastic entering the ocean poses a significant threat to the fish, sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals. An increase in consumerism and an increase in the number of plastic goods produced is resulting in more plastic debris entering the ocean. Majority of this ocean debris comes from single-use plastics and Styrofoam. Some of the most common items found in the ocean are plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam, plastic lids, plastic straws, glass beverage bottles, cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, and food wrappers.
Do your part to keep our oceans clean by ensuring that all your waste is properly disposed of!
Burnaby’s Eco-Centre is a public facility where residents can recycle large volumes of materials, compost, and toxic materials that may be harmful to the environment. The Eco-Centre is located at 4855 Still Creek Drive, and is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
For more information on the materials that the Eco-Centre accepts, click the link below:
There are as well several bottle depots in Burnaby including:
• Metrotown Bottle Return It Centre
• Burnaby Bottle Depot
• Lee’s Bottle Depot
• Collingwood Bottle Exchange
• Edmonds Return-It Depot
• Brentwood Return-It Bottle Depot
• Kensington Return-It Centre
• East Hastings Return-It Bottle Depot
Many of our retailers also offer recycling services for products. From sneakers to cell phones to cosmetics, the retail industry is concerned about the environment, and is working to help protect it. Here is a sample list.
Bring your empty vitamins bottles to purchase the same products and receive a 50 cents discount on products priced $9.99 or less before taxes or a $1 discount on products priced over $9.99 before taxes.
Trade in any eligible device for an Apple Store gift card. If the device is not eligible for credit, Apple will recycle it for free. Bring any electronic device and we will recycle it responsibly and at no cost.
You can return your old phone to Bell for recycling through the Bell blue box program. This program provides Canadians with an environmentally responsible way of disposing their used mobile phones. Bell will donate net proceeds from the program to the Canadian Mental Health Association as part of the national Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative. The Bell blue box program is part of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association’s Recycle My Cell program, which aims to minimize the amount of e-waste entering Canada’s landfills. Visit their Website.
As of August 5th, 2019, Garage will begin charging 10 cents for their plastic bag. 5 cents will go towards One Tree Planted.
H&M around the world has a Garment Collecting initiative all year long. Bring in your unwanted garments and/or home textiles (of any brand, and in any condition) to any H&M location. These garments will then be re-purposed for re-use, recycle or donated to be re-worn. Plus, customers will receive a $5 voucher which can be used on their next purchase of $30 or more! More details here.
Lush has a year round program called the ‘5 Pot Program’ - the black pots used are made with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Through this program, customers can bring back 5 empty, clean black Lush pots to any local shop for recycling and Lush will give them a Fresh Face Mask, FREE! Also, Lush’s ‘naked’ products are available – 35% of Lush’s products are packaging-free, or "naked". These solid inventions are formulated with little to no water, so they don't need any synthetic preservatives and make it easy to do away with plastic. These include their solid shampoo bars, conditioners, soaps, scrubs, massage bars, bath oils and more. More information about Lush’s commitment to the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) can be found here.
MAC encourages you to recycle by giving you a free eye shadow, lipstick, or gloss if you return six empty containers from any of their products.
Starting July 22, 2019 MUJI stores will be charging 5 cents per recycled paper shopping bag at checkout. Please be mindful of this change, as we are encouraging MUJI’s philosophy on “Minimum Packaging and Less Excess.”
All Nespresso capsules are 100% recyclable. Please visit their store to get a bag to bring your used capsules back to the boutique.
Saje Metrotown will be helping to eliminate unnecessary plastic waste by continuing to eliminate plastic bags from our business. We currently offer only paper bags in store, instead of recycled plastic reusable bags. Making sure they're 100% recyclable and can't clog up landfills in the future. In store we offer a lifetime warranty on all of our diffusers, which included repairs and placements where possible. If we can't fix your existing diffuser, we will send it back to our warehouse to be recycled and repurposed. As an organization we are always looking for ethical and environmentally friendly products and packaging to reduce waste and help our community members find eco-friendly substitutions for their homes.
Return any unused or outdated medicines to Shoppers Drug Mart for proper disposal. Medications cannot be recycled, however it is very important that they be disposed of properly. When prescription or over-the-counter drugs are thrown into the garbage, or flushed down the sink or toilet, their chemical components may find their way into the water or soil. The presence of these substances in the environment is emerging as an important national and international issue, according to Health Canada.
Bring your own mug and receive 10 cents off your beverage.
Love gardening? Starbucks can help you with adding coffee grinds to your gardens. Starbucks will offer coffee grinds for free to avid gardeners upon request. Ask in store for details.
A tree will be planted for every used mobile phone returned to Telus (they don’t care whether it is a Telus phone or not).