Nestlé Waters Canada donates recycling infrastructure to Township of Guelph/Eramosa Marden Park facility

To Press Releases listNov 29, 2010

Nestlé Waters Canada donates recycling infrastructure to Township of Guelph/Eramosa Marden Park facility

Company donates $22,000 worth of public spaces recycling technology

GUELPH/ERAMOSA, Ontario – The Township of Guelph/Eramosa and Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, today announced that the Company has donated $22,000 worth of public spaces recycling infrastructure for use in the Township’s new Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre at Marden Park.

Recycling and waste bin technologies, featuring large pictograms on each container to help consumers determine where to deposit their recyclables and garbage, were installed at the facility in September, just prior to its official opening.

A similar public spaces recycling system will be installed by Nestlé Waters Canada around the outdoor sports field when it is ready for play next Spring.

“We are very pleased with this donation from Nestlé Waters Canada, as it has enabled Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre to make meaningful environmental progress in managing recyclables and waste throughout the facility and surrounding grounds,” said Chris White, Mayor, Township of Guelph/Eramosa. “The establishment of the public spaces recycling program at this facility represents the first such implementation of this very effective form of recycling in our community.”

“We have a number of employees at Nestlé Waters Canada who call Guelph/Eramosa home and, thus, we are very proud to be associated with this community,” said John Zupo, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre is a unique facility in this part of the province and that stature is further enhanced by the establishment of what we know to be a very effective 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, convenience stores/gas stations and bars and restaurants.

The province of Quebec is in the final year of a four-year program, jointly funded by Nestlé Waters Canada and its industry partners, that is diverting up to 97% of recyclable materials from the waste stream. The first permanent program in North America was established by the industry in Manitoba this past Spring.

 

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Successful pilots have taken place in Ontario (Sarnia and Niagara Region) and Nova Scotia (Halifax). The industry is poised to initiate a pilot in British Columbia next year.

According to facts compiled by independent environmental consultant StewardEdge from the provincial stewards responsible, the recovery rate for plastic beverage containers was about 66% across Canada last year. Plastic beverage containers represent less than 1/5th of 1% of the waste stream. Bottled water packaging represents 40% of that figure.

About Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre

Located in the 64-acre Marden Park, two kilometres west of highway 6 in the Township of Guelph/Eramosa, Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre is the first public facility of its kind in Wellington County. It features an artificial turf indoor sports field with a perimeter four lane rubberized running track, as well as additional amenities and services. The building is complimented by the existing features of the park including natural wooded areas, a 5.5-acre pond, a cold water stream, outdoor sports fields, picnic areas, community centre and county library, thus enhancing the park experience for all members of the community.

About the Township of Guelph/Eramosa

Established in 1999 through the amalgamation of the former Townships of Guelph, Eramosa, Pilkington and Nichol, the Township of Guelph/Eramosa is a rural and small urban community of 12,066 residents situated at the south end of Wellington County, surrounding the City of Guelph. The Township of Guelph/Eramosa municipal offices are located at 8348 Wellington Road 124, Post Office Box 700, Rockwood, Ontario N0B 2K0.

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

Robin Milne
Manager of Parks & Recreation
Township of Guelph/Eramosa
Telephone: (519) 856-9596, Ext. 110
Email: rmilne@get.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-waters.ca 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