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Cannabis users left with mountains of waste from packaging can now drop it off at two London dispensaries to be recycled under a free program launched by Canada’s largest cannabis company on Earth Day.

Tweed, a subsidiary of Smiths Falls-based cannabis producer Canopy Growth, partnered with TerraCycle, an American recycling company, to introduce the first Canada-wide cannabis packaging recycling program, the companies both announced Monday.

Many cannabis consumers have long complained about the packaging that ends up in landfills as a result of Health Canada’s rules requiring cannabis producers to package products in tamper-proof and child-resistant containers that prevent contamination.

The packaging can be deposited at J. London and Central Cannabis, two of more than 100 bricks-and-mortar cannabis retail outlets participating in the program across the country.

Tweed will also serve as a drop-off location when it opens in the coming weeks said a company spokesperson.

Additionally, recreational and medical cannabis users can register at tweed.com/recycle to have their discarded packaging - including tins, joint tubes, plastic bottles, plastic caps and flexible plastic bags - shipped to TerraCycle for free.

“It’s important as an industry leader to really set the tone for the rest of the businesses and individuals that choose to purchase cannabis,” said Shega Youngson, Canopy’s community engagement manager.

“We wanted to provide a service to anyone who is operating with a licence in the industry and anyone who purchases legal cannabis from a licensed producer.”

More than 165,000 containers have been diverted to landfills since a limited version of the recycling program was rolled out on Oct. 17, when Canada became the second country to legalize recreational cannabis. The plastic collected will be melted down into pellets and used to make things like picnic tables and benches.

“Through this ground-breaking 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 life-cycle of the packaging material,” said Tom Szaky, chief executive of TerraCycle.

Since its founding 15 years ago, TerraCycle has racked up hundreds of awards for forging partnerships with companies and cities to recycle packages and products, ranging from soiled diapers to discarded cigarette butts, all of which would otherwise end up in landfills or incinerated.

Source: https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/cannabis-package-recycling-rolled-out-canada-wide

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