Durham Region launches retailers' plastic bag recycling and reusable shopping bag program



    WHITBY, ON, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - The Regional Municipality of Durham has
become 'Partners in Diversion' with A&P Canada, Loblaw Companies, Sobeys
Ontario and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) to create an
in-store recycling program for plastic bags. Regional Chairman Roger Anderson,
along with representatives from the major retail partners and CPIA were on
hand to officially launch the retailers' plastic bag recycling and reusable
shopping bag program today at Regional Headquarters.
    "We hope that the popularity of this program will catch on, and other
retailers will participate in this program offering plastic bag recycling and
reusable shopping bags to their customers," explained Regional Chair Roger
Anderson. "This is just another example of how the Region is leading the way
by taking responsibility for our own waste and finding new and innovative
made-in-Durham solutions to our waste issues."
    This retailer-managed program will offer customers the opportunity to
return unwanted plastic bags to participating local grocery stores for
recycling. Participating retailers will supply suitable in-store containers
for the plastic bag recycling program, as well as providing in-store displays
for their reusable shopping bags. The retailers will ensure all returned
plastic bags will be processed in an environmentally acceptable manner.
Plastic bags are a valuable resource that can be reused many times and then
recycled into new bags or plastic lumber products, such as patio furniture,
decking, or waste receptacles.
    "The Region of Durham fully supports this program," said Cliff Curtis,
Commissioner of Works. "We recognize that everyone can play a part in reducing
waste in our community. Representatives from CPIA are playing their part in
ensuring responsible and effective reuse and recycling options for plastics. I
believe we can make a big difference in the number of plastic grocery bags
that are currently piling up in landfills. By encouraging residents to return
the plastic bags for recycling or, better yet, not use them in the first place
by opting for re-usable shopping bags, we will have a big impact on keeping
our environment cleaner and greener."
    Durham Region is committed to promoting the benefits of reducing,
re-using, recycling and composting across the Region. For more information on
Regional waste management services please visit our website at
www.durhamregionwaste.ca or call 905-579-5264.

    
                           www.region.durham.on.ca
    




For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF
DURHAM: Joanne Paquette - Works Communications Officer, (905) 668-7711 ext.
3732

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