TORONTO, Ontario, August 11, 2020 – Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (TSX.V – XLY) (“Auxly” or the “Company”), a consumer packaged goods company in the cannabis products market, is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the electronic waste (“E-waste”) recycling leaders at Greentec to provide cannabis retailers with a free-of-charge solution for the recycling of vape pens, cartridges and batteries. This industry-wide sustainability effort is led by Kolab Project, the Company’s brand dedicated to providing Canadians with a carefully curated selection of cannabis products, while championing arts, culture and design.
Kolab Project-branded E-waste recycling bins will initially be available in participating Spiritleaf and Superette stores later this summer, with more retailers joining the program in coming months. Bins will accept vapes, cartridges and batteries from all licensed producers. Licensed cannabis retailers looking to provide vape, cartridge and battery recycling to their customers can get more information by contacting Kolab Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greentec operates advanced technologies to safely process e-waste and recover rare-earth metals. Its numerous industry-leading Environmental and Health & Safety certifications include ISO 45001, OSAS 18001 and R2.
“We are so proud to partner with Greentec – a leader in environmentally responsible e-waste recycling – to offer this important vape recycling solution to the entire industry,” said Hugo Alves, CEO, Auxly. “Building on our introduction of 100% biodegradable vape and pre-roll-packaging, this Kolab Project vape hardware recycling initiative furthers our efforts to improve environmental stewardship within the cannabis industry, and we look forward to working with Canada’s retail community and consumers to roll-out this program nationally.”
“This partnership reflects our commitment to the circular economy, diverting vaping products from our landfills for proper recycling at the Greentec facility,” said Tony Perrotta, President and CEO, Greentec. “By working directly with producers through this program, we ensure these materials are recycled to the highest health, safety and environmental standards.”
“We are thrilled to be able to launch this initiative across Spiritleaf’s coast-to-coast network of 50 stores and growing,” said Darren Bondar, President & CEO, Inner Spirit Holdings. “We know that our customers appreciate the importance and the convenience of being able to recycle their cannabis packaging and materials. Participating in this initiative with the support of Kolab Project and Auxly is another positive step forward for our companies, our guests and the industry as a whole.”
Mimi Lam, CEO and Co-Founder of Superette, added: “The environmental impact of vape products has been a hot topic for us at Superette. Kolab Project has the perfect solution that addresses this and demonstrates true industry leadership from Auxly and Greentec. We are excited to be a participating retailer and look forward to finally accepting vapes and cartridges for recycling at our Ottawa and Toronto stores!”
Auxly’s suite of branded vaping products, including Kolab Project and Foray, have been tested for contaminants, heavy metals leaching and emissions. In addition, Kolab Project recently introduced 100% biodegradable packaging for its vape pens and cartridges, as well as its cannabis pre-rolls.