Pattison Food Group has partnered with medical equipment manufacturer Vitacore’s Planet Impact program to launch a reusable bag recycling program in its grocery stores.
This month, the company will install reusable bag recycling receptacles in all its retail banners across Western Canada, including Save-On-Foods, Buy-Low Foods, Choices Market, Nature’s Fare Markets, PriceSmart Foods, Nesters Market and Quality Foods.
"We are thrilled to partner with Vitacore and lead the way in addressing the environmental challenges posed by reusable bags," said Darrell Jones, president of the Pattison Food Group, in a press release. “This initiative aligns with our efforts to support the circular economy and our zero waste goals, while providing our customers with an option to responsibly dispose of their own reusable bags. It’s important for our own sustainability journey to align with the needs and values of our customers, and this project is a great example of that.”
Reusable bags are typically made from plastics such as polypropylene, and existing recycling facilities are not equipped to process the bags.
Vitacore launched Planet Impact in October, aiming to address the global challenge of hard-to-recycle materials and plastics.
“The launch of our reusable bag recycling program is an example of Canadian innovation, collaboration, and leadership in addressing pressing environmental challenges,” stated Mikhail Moore, president of Vitacore. "Our partnership with the Pattison Food Group is a testament to our shared vision of a sustainable future. By addressing the environmental challenges posed by reusable bags, we can make a substantial impact and promote responsible consumer choices."