GUELPH, ON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Co-operators announced its support
for Arctic Co-operatives Limited initiative to prevent 10 million
aluminum cans from ending up in landfills or on the streets of Nunavut.
The Co-operators will provide $40,000 over a two-year partnership with
the service federation, which is establishing an aluminum recycling
program in 23 communities in the territory.
An estimated 10 million cans are shipped annually into Nunavut, the only
jurisdiction in Canada without an aluminum recycling program. Among the
challenges facing such a program are the lack of a road network and the
fact that cans must be transported out of the territory to be recycled.
Arctic Co-ops has members operating throughout Nunavut that will work
with local community groups to arrange for the collection and loading
of the cans.
"Our network of member co-ops makes this program possible, but
ultimately it will be a series of community efforts that will make it a
success," said Andy Morrison, Chief Executive Officer of Arctic
Co-operatives Limited. "Together, we will make for stronger, cleaner
communities in Nunavut."
Interested local community groups such as non-profits, sport teams and
youth groups, can apply to their local co-op board of directors to
coordinate the program in their community as a fundraising endeavour.
These groups will be responsible for organizing the community's effort
and utilizing the co-op system's transportation network to take care of
collection and loading. For each full shipping container collected, the
groups will receive $1,500 to be put towards local community projects.
"This is a great example of the power of co-operation," said Kathy
Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators, which includes Arctic
Co-op among its 45 member-owners. "Through the leadership of Arctic
Co-op and its members, and with the support of local community groups,
the people of Nunavut will have the opportunity to create a cleaner
environment for future generations."
Other program partners include: Nunavut Sealink and Supply Inc., Arctic
Beverages, Canadian North Airlines, and the Government of Nunavut.
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $40 billion in assets under administration. Through its group
of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and
farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is
well known for its community involvement and its commitment to
sustainability. The Co-operators is ranked #2 among the 50 Best
Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights, and listed among the
50 Best Employers in Canada. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
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