Nestlé Waters Canada donates $50,000to Optimist Club of Puslinch to help fund Township of Puslinch multi-use recreational centre

To Press Releases listJul 1, 2009

Nestlé Waters Canada donates $50,000to Optimist Club of Puslinch to help fund Township of Puslinch multi-use recreational centre

New facility to include public spaces recycling program

PUSLINCH, Ontario – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of single-use bottled water beverages, today announced that the Company has donated $50,000 to the Optimist Club of Puslinch to help fund the construction of the community’s new multi-use recreational facility.
The local Company’s donation will be complemented by the establishment of a public spaces recycling program in the recreational centre. In addition to its financial donation, Nestlé Waters Canada will supply the recycling infrastructure and methodology necessary to operate a recycling program in the rec centre.
Construction of the facility is estimated at $2,148, 983. The governments of Canada and Ontario have each invested $716, 328 while the Township of Puslinch has ear-marked $366,328 towards the project. The Optimist Club of Puslinch has committed to raise the remaining $350,000 from the community.
“We are thrilled with Nestlé Waters Canada’s donation to the multi-use recreational centre and our community,” said Ken Williams, President, Optimist Club of Puslinch. “This is the latest example of the Company’s commitment to working with our community to further enhance the quality of life in what is already one of the very best rural communities to live, work and play in Ontario.”
“The establishment of public spaces recycling in the rec centre will ensure it is a clean facility to visit.”
“We are a very proud member of the Puslinch community,” said Gail Cosman, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “This rec centre will be a focal point of the community’s leisure strategy. The establishment of public spaces recycling there will help to put the community at the forefront of environmental sustainability in this province, while keeping it clean for all to enjoy.”
In June 2008, Nestlé Waters Canada and its industry partners entered into a $7.2 million, three-year agreement with the Government of Quebec and municipalities across that province to establish Canada’s first public spaces recycling program. Public spaces recycling involves the collection of recyclable materials, including plastic beverage containers, in public spaces such as sports parks, arenas, cultural facilities, streetscapes, transit stops, schools and bars and restaurants. The pilot program that triggered this agreement resulted in, on average, an 85 percent recovery rate for recyclable materials.

The establishment of public spaces recycling in Quebec has had a halo effect on its existing curbside program. Since the launch of public spaces recycling in 2008, participation levels in curbside recycling have increased as communications in support of public spaces recycling makes Quebecers more aware of the importance of recycling and not littering.

In May 2009, the Company and the Canadian beverage industry partnered with the City of Sarnia to host Ontario’s first pilot public spaces recycling program. When completed, the industry will share the results with the Ontario Ministry of Environment in the hope that public spaces recycling becomes a province-wide program – and a complement to the province’s existing Blue Box program. Nestlé Waters Canada and its consumer packaged goods partners currently fund 50 percent of that program.

Nestlé Waters Canada and the industry are currently in discussions with other provinces with the objective of establishing pilot public spaces programs elsewhere across the country next year that eventually become full-fledged recycling initiatives.

About the Optimist Club of Puslinch

Established in 1977, the Optimist Club of Puslinch is one of more than 3,000 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” The Optimist Club of Puslinch conducts positive service projects in the community aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best they can be. The Optimist Club of Puslinch determines the needs of the young people in the community and conducts programs to meet those needs.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.optimist.i-p.com or contact:

Ken Williams
President
Optimist Club of Puslinch
Telephone: (519) 763-0309
Email: kwilliams@wilfiveholdings.ca

About the Township of Puslinch

Established in 1850, the Township of Puslinch is located directly south of the City of Guelph and east of the City of Cambridge with Highway 401 bisecting the Township from east to west. Puslinch was named after the English home of Elizabeth Yonge, wife of Sir John Colborne, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, 1828-35. Villages in Puslinch include Aberfoyle, Aikensville, Arkell, Badenoch, Crieff, Glen Christie, Killean, Paddock's Corners, Morriston, Corwhin, Downey, Puslinch, and Puslinch Lake. The Township offices are located at 7404 Wellington Road Number 34, Rural Route Number Three, Guelph, Ontario. N1H 6H9.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.puslinch.on.ca or contact:

Brenda Law
Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk-Treasurer
Township of Puslinch
Telephone: (519) 763-1226, Extension 214
EMAIL: brendal@twp.puslinch.on.ca

About Nestlé Waters Canada

Established in 2000, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Greenwich, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, botttlng facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 500 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.

For further information, please visit our web site at www.nestle-watersna.com or www.nestle.ca/en/products/brands/waters or contact:

John B. Challinor II   APR
Director, Corporate Affairs
Nestle Waters Canada
Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441
Email: john.challinor@waters.nestle.com

Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370
Email: jalton@national.ca