Cannabis packaging is designed to keep your products fresh and make it difficult for kids to open. It also has a lot of information on it so you know exactly what you’re getting. The downside to this is that it makes it tricky to recycle, and a lot of the stuff is finding its way into landfills.
Not to worry though; here are some tips to help you figure out how to minimize the waste.
Recycling is complex and different in every municipality across Canada. So first off, check to see if your municipal recycling program accepts the packaging. The easiest way to do this is to google your town/city/region + “recycling rules”.
One of the top results should give you a list of items and materials that can be recycled.
Take a look at your packaging. Each and every individual piece should have a recycling symbol and number on it. Match that number up with the list of items on your local recycling website. If it can all be recycled, you’re good to go: empty out your packaging, make sure it’s clean, drop it in the blue box, and wait for collection day.
If some of the material in your packaging isn’t accepted by your curbside program, don’t fret, there’s still a way.
For all that packaging that can’t be recycled through local programs, there’s the Tweed x TerraCycle program.
The short of it? Tweed has partnered with TerraCycle, a global leader in recycling, in an effort to divert as much cannabis packaging from landfills as possible. No matter where you are in Canada, you can participate in the Tweed x TerraCycle program and be confident that your waste will be recycled and given a second life.
Tweed knows that cannabis packaging is an environmental issue, and there’s a lot of work to be done to neutralize its impact. The Tweed x TerraCycle Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program is just a start and we’re going to keep working on it.
After all, it only makes sense that a cannabis company would do all it can to go even greener.