TIPS FOR RECYCLING CANNABIS PACKAGING
At PEI Cannabis stores, our retail teams and our valued customers care deeply about the environment, and we share the concerns related to the impact cannabis packaging is having on our island. Our goal is to empower our customers in their recycling of cannabis packaging which, in turn, will improve their general recycling knowledge and result in broader environmental sustainability.
To learn more about cannabis packaging and labelling, and how we can all do our part to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, read on!
WHY IS THERE SO MUCH PACKAGING AND LABELLING? CAN PEI CANNABIS LIMIT THIS?
To ensure cannabis is sold to and consumed by 19+ consumers as safely as possible in PEI, federal regulations dictate the robust information that needs to be on cannabis labels, and what packaging mechanisms need to be in place to avoid unintentional consumption by vulnerable groups such as children.
To ensure compliance with these regulations, packaging for cannabis products is often more intensive than it would be for other similarly sized, non-cannabis products (e.g. other dried herbs, candy, juice, etc.). Unfortunately, this leads to proportionately more intensive waste than other consumer packaged goods industries.
Because PEI Cannabis does not dictate cannabis packaging/labelling regulations, or control the packaging/labeling practices used by its suppliers, it is limited in what it can do to influence waste in its supply chain. We are committed to educating our customers as much as possible on how to recycle their packaging, and to always work with our external stakeholders in mitigating environmental impacts while also remaining fully dedicated to public health and safety.
HOW DO I RECYCLE MY PACKAGING?
Most cannabis packaging can be recycled in your curbside collection program or at your local Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) or Waste Watch Drop-Off Centers (WWDCs). For more information, please visit: iwmc.pe.ca
Most aluminum, glass, paper, cardboard and plastic based packaging can be recycled curbside or at the WWDCs.
The most commonly used plastics in cannabis packaging are: