The National Wash Network has launched comprehensive infrastructure to support reusable food packaging programmes across Canada, marking a significant step towards a circular economy.  

This initiative aims to empower both local and national foodservice brands to shift from disposable to reusable packaging options. 

Spanning major metropolitan areas in Canada such as Vancouver, the network has established a series of commercial wash facilities and logistics providers to scale zero-waste packaging programmes.  

This decentralised approach facilitates the collection and warewashing of reusable packaging, making it more accessible and cost-effective for businesses to adopt sustainable practices. 

Vancouver city councillor Pete Fry said: “As we collectively work toward reducing our environmental footprint by encouraging reduction and reuse, what we have seen emerge is a need to untangle the patchwork of approaches and bylaws and do this work in a way that’s scalable and makes good business sense.  

“The nascent National Wash Network is a great example of how we can get there by harnessing some of the drive and passion in the private sector to drive innovation and collaboration.”  

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The National Wash Network is an alliance of businesses that aims to ‘unlock sustainable zero-waste cities’ across Canada.  

The network’s launch is supported by several domestic industry partners, including ShareWares, Muuse, Earthware Reusables, and Bopaq.  

One of the key features of the network is industry collaboration, where knowledge from successful reusable packaging programmes is harnessed to develop best practices.  

Additionally, the network offers logistics expertise with national-scale turnkey services, from collection to washing and redistribution of packaging.