Nunavut recycling program gets a new partner

“Together, we will make for stronger, cleaner communities in Nunavut”


The Co-operators will support Arctic Co-operatives Ltd.’s new recycling program in Nunavut, which wants to prevent 10 million aluminum cans from ending up in landfills or on the streets of Nunavut, the company said in a May 26 news release.

The Co-operators Group Ltd., a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $40 billion in assets, offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products.

Over two years, Co-operators will give Arctic Co-ops $40,000 to establish an aluminum recycling program in 23 communities Nunavut starting June 1.

Other partners in the new recycling program include Nunavut Sealink and Supply Inc., Arctic Beverages, Canadian North Airlines, and the Government of Nunavut.

Arctic Co-ops will also help fund the program through a 10-cent charge on disposable plastic grocery bags that will also start June 1.

“Our network of member co-ops makes this program possible, but ultimately it will be a series of community efforts that will make it a success,” said Andy Morrison, chief executive officer of Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. in the news release. “Together, we will make for stronger, cleaner communities in Nunavut.”

The recycling program will rely on local community groups to arrange for the collection and loading of the cans.

Interested local groups such as non-profits organizations, sport teams and youth groups, can apply to their local co-op board of directors to coordinate the program in their community as a fundraising activity, the news release said.

These groups will be responsible for organizing the community’s effort and using the co-op system’s transportation network to take care of collection and loading.

For each full shipping container collected, the groups will receive $1,500 to be put towards local community projects, the news release said.

“This is a great example of the power of co-operation,” said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of the Co-operators, which includes Arctic Co-ops among its 45 member-owners. “Through the leadership of Arctic Co-op and its members, and with the support of local community groups, the people of Nunavut will have the opportunity to create a cleaner environment for future generations.”

Last September, the GN wound down a recycling pilot project in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet and said expanding the program across the territory would be too expensive.

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