Sobeys Inc. recently opened a new store in Timberlea, Nova Scotia. The opening celebration included the unveiling of one of Canada’s first parking lots paved using post-consumer plastics that have been diverted from local landfills.
The amount of recycled plastics used in the mixture is the equivalent of more than 6 million plastic checkout bags.
This innovative approach to plastics reduction and reuse follows the company’s industry-leading commitment to remove plastic grocery bags from all Sobeys grocery stores by the end of January 2020, a change that will take 225 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation at Sobeys’ 255 locations across Canada each year.
Sobeys Inc. worked with Goodwood Plastic Products who provided the recycled plastics lumber used for Sobeys Inc.’s Ultimate Picnic Table, that was unveiled on the Halifax waterfront late last month and diverted 60,000 single-use plastic bags from local landfills.
The new Sobeys Timberlea store also has a picnic bench made from Goodwood Plastic Product’s recycled plastics lumber onsite.
“The post-consumer plastics parking lot and picnic bench out front, is one more way we are doing our part to integrate sustainability and innovation into our business. Projects like this represent the changes we all want to see – reduced single-use plastics, more reuse, and increased recycling of plastic waste,” said Vittoria Varalli, Vice President, Sustainability, Sobeys Inc.