Toronto and Ottawa Hospitals Soak in the Savings and Benefits of Materials Exchange Program

Two Ontario hospitals, committed to the circular economy, transferred resources in an effort to keep waste from landfill, reuse valuable resources and help support the community.

Sarsfield Colonial Homes collected three gently-used bathtubs and lifts from Runnymede Health Centre in Toronto, saving thousands of dollars in equipment costs and over 1.5 tonnes of waste from entering the local landfill.

Runnymede Health Centre used the Partners in Project Green’s Material Exchange platform to find a local group interested in accepting this material for reuse.

Staff at Material Exchange for Bathtubs
Transferring ownership of bathtubs to Sarsfield Colonial Homes using Material Exchange. From left to right: Roch St-Louis, General Manager, Sarsfield Colonial Home; Chantal Crispin, Owner, Sarsfield Colonial Home; Richard Mendonca, Vice President Human Resources & Organizational; Development, Runnymede Healthcare Centre; Connie Dejak, President & Chief Executive Officer, Runnymede Healthcare Centre; Malaz Sebai, Project Manager, Partners in Project Green at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Sarsfield Colonial Homes is a small long-term care facility located outside of Ottawa. Due to their small size, having only 46 residents, it can be difficult to receive Ministry funds for retrofit projects. Runnymede Healthcare Centre was conducting renovations and no longer needed the hospital bathtubs.

“Sarsfield Colonial Homes was thrilled to receive the bathtubs that Runnymede Healthcare Centre no longer needed. These two hospitals have demonstrated great leadership and commitment to protecting the environment; we hope that this initiative will inspire other groups to do the same,” Catherine Leighton, Coordinator, Partners in Project Green said.

Material Exchange is an online platform run by Partners in Project Green and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). The platform helps connects groups together and exchange material to promote reuse and ensure that no waste goes to landfill. Learn more at

For more information, please contact:
Catherine Leighton, Coordinator, Partners in Project Green
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), 416.661.6600 ext 5946