PR Newswire. NEWS PROVIDED BY Sobeys Inc.  Nov 28, 2019, 09:41 ET | Grocer paves new store parking lot with the equivalent of more than 6 million recycled single-use plastic bags. Thereby promoting plastic reduction and reuse.

STELLARTON, NS, /CNW/ – First of all, Sobeys Inc. opened a brand-new store in Timberlea, Nova Scotia. So the grand opening kicked off, welcoming customers and the local community. All to a celebration that included the unveiling of one of first parking lots paved using post-consumer plastics. Consequently all of it was diverted from local landfills. The amount of recycled plastics used in the mixture is the equivalent of more than 6 million plastic checkout bags.

So this innovative approach to plastics reduction and reuse follows the Company’s industry-leading commitment to remove plastic grocery bags from all their grocery stores by the end of January 2020. It’s a change that will take 225 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation. That’s only at Sobeys’ 255 locations across Canada each year.

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Brand new Sobeys in Timberlea unveils one of Canada’s first parking lots paved using post-consumer plastics diverted from local landfills. (CNW Group/Sobeys Inc.)

Over the past four months, Sobeys Inc. and Crombie REIT, developer and property manager for the Sobeys Timberlea site are planning. They have worked directly with local small business Goodwood Plastic Products. It’s a business based in Colchester County and committed to finding smart solutions for recycling plastic materials. Even to also research and develop the new asphalt pavement mixture.

So Sobeys Inc. also worked with Goodwood Plastic Products. They provided the recycled plastics lumber used for Sobeys Inc.’s Ultimate Picnic Table. For that was unveiled on the waterfront late last month and diverted 60,000 single-use plastic bags from local landfills. The new Sobeys Timberlea store has a picnic bench made from Goodwood Plastic Product’s recycled plastics lumber onsite for customers to enjoy.

Nova Scotia roots is why they are especially thrilled to continue growing their store network. Especially right here in their home province while finding unique ways to innovate locally and drive sustainability. These comments came from Vittoria Varalli. Vittoria is Vice President, Sustainability, Sobeys Inc. “The post-consumer plastics parking lot and picnic bench out front. It 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   Especially with reduced single-use plastics. Because it’s then more reuse, and increased recycling of plastic waste.

In conclusion, the grand opening excitement will continue through the week. All with ongoing deals, specials, giveaways, food sampling and in-store demos. In celebration of the opening, Finally, Sobeys Timberlea has also donated to Feed Nova Scotia to help local communities.

Sources: CROMBIE REIT www.crombie.ca, Sobeys Inc http://www.sobeys.com and www.sobeyscorporate.com