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Tweed, TerraCycle Take Cannabis Packaging Recycling Across Canada

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The joint program accepts all cannabis containers from all licensed producers, including tins, plastic bags, tubes and bottles with child-proof caps.

Canada's cannabis brand recently launched the Tweed x TerraCycle recycling program across Canada. Previously available in select stores and provinces, the announcement officially marks the rollout of Canada's first country-wide cannabis packaging recycling program.

As Canada approaches the legalization of recreational cannabis, Tweed said it realized a solution was needed for all the new containers, tubes and packages in the industry to ensure they are diverted from landfills and upcycled into other products.

First introduced in October 2018, the Tweed x TerraCycle Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program accepts all cannabis containers from all licensed producers, including tins, plastic bags, tubes and bottles with child-proof caps, which are notoriously tricky to recycle. Since its debut, the free Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program has saved more than 165,000 containers from ending up in landfills. The program is active in more than 106 legal cannabis retail locations across Canada, including all Tweed and Tokyo Smoke stores, as well as select third-party retailers. In addition to drop-off points located at participating retail stores, consumers have the option to register online through Tweed.com for free pickup and recycling of discarded containers.

"As a community, we came together quickly to address the sustainability concern in our industry, and I'm so proud of what we've accomplished so far. Over 165,000 containers have already been collected through the Tweed x TerraCycle program and will be melted down to make plastic pellets used to create new products," said Hilary Black, Tweed’s chief advocacy officer, in a statement. "With the next phase of the Tweed x TerraCycle recycling program, we're excited to bring this initiative to even more communities across Canada and keep working to reduce waste across the industry."

"By partnering with Tweed, we've given consumers a free and easy way to divert cannabis packaging from landfills," said Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle and a 2019 Waste360 40 Under 40 awards recipient, in a statement. "Through this groundbreaking recycling solution, these now common items are collected on a national scale from all licensed producers and given a second life as a different product, thereby extending the lifecycle of the packaging material."

The Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program is an ongoing activity open to any individual purchaser or consumer of legal cannabis products or public/private/online retailer with a legal license to distribute cannabis products in their respective province.

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