Gerber and TerraCycle Partner to Recycle Baby Food Packaging in Canada

Consumers can now recycle Gerber baby food packaging through TerraCycle. Credit: theimpulsivebuy / Flickr.

Gerber, a subsidiary of Nestlé, has partnered with recycling company TerraCycle to recycle baby food packaging in Canada.

The Gerber Recycling Program is designed to recycle baby food packaging that is not recyclable by the municipality, including flexible plastic bags, pouches and inner bags.

The program is open to any interested person, school, office or community organization across the country.

Participants can register on the Gerber Recycling Program page on the TerraCycle website and send their baby food packages by mail using a prepaid shipping label.

The collected packaging waste is cleaned, melted and remoulded to produce new recycled items.

For every pound of packaging waste they send in as part of the program, participants can earn $ 1 to donate to a nonprofit, school or charity of their choice.

The program, launched in the United States in 2019, supports Nestlé Canada’s goal of making all of its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025.

Nestlé Canada Nutrition President Alison McLean said: “We know that creating a sustainable future is of critical importance, especially for today’s parents, who are raising the next generation. of leaders.

“As the world’s largest baby food company, we are thrilled to partner with TerraCycle to reduce our carbon footprint.

“With this new partnership, around 200,000 Gerber bags, or more than 1,800 kg of packaging material, will be redirected and will not end up in landfill.

“This is an important step in our journey to fight against plastic waste and preserve the planet for our future generations. ”

In April, TerraCycle partnered with US cough lozenge brand Halls to launch a cough and sore throat lozenge packaging recycling program in the United States.

The program covers the packaging of all Halls products, as well as cough and sore throat drops from all other brands.

Plastic waste collected through the program is cleaned and melted into hard plastic which can be remodeled to make several recycled products, including park benches and picnic tables.

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