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UpMeals joins ShareWares’ reusable container program

By Food in Canada staff   

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UpMeals, a fresh and sustainable vending machine solution, partners with ShareWares, a Vancouver-based company that sources and sanitizes reusable containers for local businesses.

At present, all material and packaging in the UpMeals SmartVending machines are either recyclable or compostable. This partnership is an important toward a circular economy.

The program will launch in the UpMeals’ SmartVending machines with a corporate partner that will be assigned an allotment of reusable containers for their machine or machines. Once an employee is done with the container from their meal, it will be returned to a bin and picked up by ShareWares. It will then be sanitized and returned to UpMeals, who will use the containers to package the meals that will then be delivered back to that partner’s machine.

“We know that many city compost and recycling programs aren’t perfect and the volume of waste created by the food industry is paramount,” said Drew Munro, CEO of UpMeals. “This partnership will allow us to take that next step in working toward a zero waste, circular economy, reducing the amount of volume we add to recycling and composting streams and helping Vancouver in its vision to be a zero waste community by 2040.”


“We love working with other innovative local startups with a passion for growth. This partnership is a win-win-win for our companies, Vancouverites, and our planet,” said Cody Irwin, CEO of ShareWares.

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