Article by Rebecca Dyok, My Cariboo Now
A Williams Lake cannabis store does not want your recycling to go to waste.
Daily Stash Cannabis has launched a collection drop off for packaging that will be sent to a special facility in Ontario where it will be melted down into pallets of specialized plastic and reused.
Co-owner Roy Buxbaum says due to the involvement of the government, cannabis now comes in tamper-proof packaging.
“Some of them are heavy-duty square containers with tamper-proof lids and what ends up happening is people don’t know what to do with them,” he says. “They finish the cannabis products that they’ve purchased, they will either throw it in the garbage which ends up in a landfill, or people will say to themselves I’m going to go and recycle this.”
Because the packaging is a difficult product to recycle, Buxbaum says it is taken out of the recycle bins and thrown into landfills.
“One of the larger licensed producers within Canada has gone into an agreement with a recycling company that is international, and what they’ve allowed us to do is to recycle all of the cannabis containers,” he says. “So you know when you’re driving down the road or even in our lot, I’ll pull in the morning and I’ll see let’s say a coffee cup and some fast food garbage laying in our lot-not from us, somebody has just discarded it, and what we really don’t want to see, and we’ve already seen it, is this cannabis packaging ending up in our streets and in our landfills.”