Return-It is launching a pilot program in partnership with ChopValue to collect chopsticks at its new Lower Lonsdale Return-It Express Plus site in North Vancouver.
Vancouver-based ChopValue uses its innovative manufacturing process to engineer discarded chopsticks for a second life as sustainable essentials, including furniture, cutting boards, and decor. Each product has a tangible impact through the number of chopsticks recycled and carbon stored that otherwise would have been released into the atmosphere.
“Chopsticks can be turned into many useful products so we’re urging consumers to avoid throwing them in the trash and instead bring your chopsticks for recycling at our Return-It collection site in North Vancouver,” said Allen Langdon, President and CEO of Return-It. “This partnership with ChopValue is a great example of how we can leverage our collection network to divert material from landfill and support innovative companies that share our interest in developing a more circular economy where materials are reused rather than disposed of.”
Based on the results and success of the pilot, Return-It will evaluate implementing this initiative at other Return-It collection facilities throughout the province. The pilot also reflects Return-It’s social purpose of fostering a world where nothing is waste – creating a better future for people, communities and the planet.