Less Packaging, More Recycling, Means Greener Weed for New Brunswick

Article by Shane Fowler, CBC News

New Brunswick Less packaging, more recycling, means greener weed for New Brunswick Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Email Reddit LinkedIn Cannabis NB offering in-store recycling and some products in plastic-free packaging Shane Fowler · CBC News Some cannabis products, like this single-gram offering from Ontario producer Aphria, come in sealed envelopes instead of plastic pill bottles. (Jonathan Collicott/CBC) Some weed producers are cutting down on plastic waste after backlash from consumers that started days after legalization. 0:51 Many argue that cannabis comes with too much packaging, including Greg Mac, who shared this photo online after purchasing four grams of cannabis Wednesday. (Submitted: Greg Mac) Cannabis NB spokesperson Marie-Andrée Bolduc, says the Crown corporation has partnered with TerraCycle to recycle cannabis containers and packaging waste. (Shane Fowler/CBC) Cannabis NB says it has recycled a dozen crates worth of cannabis containers so far. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

When cannabis was first legalized in Canada, customers immediately criticized the excessive plastic packaging that came with it.

Some products generated as much as 70 grams of plastic and cardboard for one gram of marijuana.

But that is starting to change.

Some products, offered in pill containers, have shed the outer cardboard boxes and shrink-wrapped plastic seal.

Others, such as a gram of cannabis from Ontario producer Aphria, come in sealed brown envelopes.

“We are certainly mindful of the concerns raised around the amount of packaging used industry-wide, which was largely the result of ensuring compliance with the regulations under the Cannabis Act,” said Andrew Swartz, a spokesperson for Aphria.

“We are actively exploring new opportunities to streamline packaging within the existing regulations.”

The brown envelopes with fixed zip-locks meet Health Canada’s requirements of being tamper-evident and child-resistant.

Greener Weed

Cannabis NB spokesperson Marie-Andrée Bolduc said the agency is also taking steps to recycle the plastic containers that are still in use.

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