Zero-Waste Catering

Only 11% single-use plastics in Canada are recycled and they make up 40% of Canada’s plastic waste.

SFU Meeting, Event & Conference Services (MECS) acts as a Canadian campus leader in zero-waste and sustainability to eliminate single-use plastics and products in the delivery of its services.

SFU’s Meeting, Event and Conference Services is working with its catering partners to reduce waste by: 

  • Providing reusable dishware and compostable products

  • Offering healthy and low carbon impact (e.g. vegetarian, vegan) catering options

  • Serving Fairtrade Canada certified coffee, tea and sugar


As a part of this initiative, we are offering reusable and eco-friendly alternatives for the following common event and conference items:

  • Plastic water and drink bottles
  • Disposable cups
  • Plastic straws, stir sticks and utensils 
  • Balloons & confetti 
  • Plastic single-use signage
  • and more!

Please head to the Sustainability Office page for more info on other waste-reduction and circular-economy iniatives at SFU.