Nestlé Waters Canada donates recycling infrastructure
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The Township of Puslinch and Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, has announced that the company has donated $16,000 worth of public spaces recycling infrastructure for use at the Optimist Recreation Centre, the Township’s new multi-use recreational facility.
PUSLINCH, Ont. – The Township of Puslinch and Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, has announced that the company has donated $16,000 worth of public spaces recycling infrastructure for use at the Optimist Recreation Centre, the Township’s new multi-use recreational facility.
Recycling and waste bin technologies, featuring large pictograms on each container to help consumers determine where to deposit their recyclables and garbage, were installed in early December. Nestlé Waters Canada also donated and installed public spaces recycling infrastructure at the Puslinch Community Centre.
The donation of public spaces recycling infrastructure follows the company’s donation in July 2009 of $50,000 towards the construction of the facility.
“We are very pleased with Nestlé Waters Canada’s donation of public spaces recycling infrastructure to the multi-use recreation center,” said Dennis Lever, mayor, Township of Puslinch.
“We are a very proud member of the Puslinch business community,” states John Zupo, president, Nestlé Waters Canada. “This facility will be a focal point of the community’s leisure strategy. The establishment of public spaces recycling there will help to put the community at the forefront of environmental sustainability in Wellington County and the province of Ontario, while keeping it clean for all to enjoy.”
Public spaces recycling involves the collection of recyclable materials, including plastic beverage containers, in public spaces such as sports parks, arenas, cultural facilities, streetscapes, transit stops, schools, convenience stores, gas stations and bars and restaurants.
The province of Quebec is in the final year of a four-year program, jointly funded by Nestlé Waters Canada and its industry partners, that is diverting up to 97 per cent of recyclable materials from the waste stream. The first permanent program in North America was established by the industry in Manitoba this past Spring.
Successful pilots have taken place in Ontario (Sarnia and Niagara Region) and Nova Scotia (Halifax). The industry is poised to initiate a pilot in British Columbia next year.
According to facts compiled by independent environmental consultant StewardEdge from the provincial stewards responsible, the recovery rate for plastic beverage containers was about 66 per cent across Canada last year. Plastic beverage containers represent less than 1/5th of 1 per cent of the waste stream. Bottled water packaging represents 40 per cent of that figure.
About Nestlé Waters Canada
Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, botttling facilities in Hope, B.C., and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, B.C.; Puslinch and Laval, Que., approximately 450 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.
For further information, visit www.nestle-waters.ca.