Supermarkets bring reusable food containers to Ottawa

25 January 2024 16:36

CELC

Ottawa - Circular Innovation Council and Environment and Climate Change Canada are partnering with Metro, Sobeys, and Walmart Canada to boost the country’s circular economy in plastics. The collaboration will begin with a pilot project that will offer reusable food containers to consumers in Ottawa.

Canadian advocates for circular economies in plastic have launched a new initiative with Canadian grocery giants Metro, Sobeys, and Walmart Canada.

The Toronto-based nonprofit Circular Innovation Council, with additional funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, a government agency, has teamed up with the retailers to create scalable, convenient, and sustainable solutions to recycle and reuse more single-use plastic packaging.

“Canadians have voiced their environmental and cost concerns around the plastic crisis and are wanting innovative solutions,”

Circular Innovation Council Executive Director Jo-Anne St. Godard said in a January 17 press release. “The cooperation and collaboration between our participating grocery retailers and the government of Canada is truly unique and demonstrates their commitment to addressing the plastic waste crisis.”

The effort is starting with the development of unique, reusable, and free food containers slated for launch in the capital of Ottawa in the middle of this year. With the assistance of service partner Reusables.com, Consumers will be able to return the reusable containers at drop off smarty drop-off bins throughout the city.

The grocery stores and other stakeholders will jointly own the containers and work collaboratively to share, clean, and distribute the containers where they are needed.

“METRO is proud to be part of this innovative pilot project, testing the use of reusable containers in our retail stores,” said Joe Fusco, the company’s senior vice president of operations. “By developing an efficient reusable solution, we aim to offer our customers a more sustainable way to shop in our stores, without having to compromise the quality or safety of the products they purchase.” ce/jd

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