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TerraCycle: even cannabis packaging can be recycled

TerraCycle has launched a unique partnership with Canadian company Tweed Marijuana Inc. to ensure cannabis packaging is collected for recycling.

TerraCycle has a track record of taking on niche waste streams such as cigarette stubbs and medical plastics. Now, it is has joined forces with licensed weed producers across Canada to give post-consumer cannabis containers and pouches a new lease of life.  

TerraCycle points out that single-use plastic products are already a big issue. In fact, an estimated one billion units of single-use plastic packaging discarded in North America per year by 2020.

The Tweed x TerraCycle Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program was introduced in select stores and provinces in October 2018. The countrywide launch was on Earth Day this year (April 22). The initiative accepts cannabis containers, including tins, bags, tubes, and bottles, from any licensed producer. In addition to drop off points in all Tweed retail outlets, consumers can also register online for free pickup of used containers.

‘You do not need to clean the waste before sending it in to TerraCycle. However, please remove all of the remaining product before shipping,’ TerraCycle says. Once collected, the packaging is cleaned and melted into plastic pellets that can be remolded to create a variety of high-quality recycled products.

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