Cannabis packaging has changed quite a bit since the legacy market days. It certainly feels like it’s gotten a lot bulkier! As Licensed Producers (LPs) navigate regulations, packaging varies wildly from one brand to another. That being said, it doesn’t all have to go to the landfill. In simpler times, we were able to offer in-store recycling solutions. These days those recycling programs have been put on hold. As a result, lots of people let us know that their packages seem to be piling up.
So what can you do with it all?
Depending on the container material, there’s numerous ways to recycle your cannabis packaging.
Keep on reading for all you need to know on properly recycling your cannabis containers. We even included information on how you can repurpose your containers into items worthy of shelf displaying.
Recycling: Plastic Jars
One of the most common cannabis containers on shelves these days are plastic jars. These jars come in a range of colours, but are most often white. The good news is, plastic containers are recyclable. Add them to your regular recycling bag; items must be empty, clean, and dry.
Re-Use Center: Tin Boxes
Tin containers are exclusive to Canopy products, such as Tweed and LBS. They are not recyclable. However, there are many ways that these containers can be repurposed. Once we hit stage 3 of opening, consider dropping them off at the Edmonton Reuse Centre. In the meantime, try getting creative with your containers. Use them to hold other small items or even turn them into a decorative succulent pot (see below for instructions).
Recycling: Glass Jars
Glass jars are the latest to hit shelves. They are often the jar of choice for organic cultivators such as Simply Bare and Good Buds. Glass is great because it is both recyclable and repurposable. You can add your glass jars to your regular recycling bag; items must be clean, empty, and dry. However, if you’re looking to give your jars new life, try repurposing them into an adorable succulent pot.
Repurposing your jars doesn’t have to be complicated. Succulents are incredibly durable plants that are the perfect size for your old cannabis containers. Once your plant is potted you’ll only need to water it about once a week or when soil feels dry.
- Add a layer of rock to the base of your container. This will allow for proper drainage and help prevent root rot.
Tip: Adding a layer of charcoal and moss can help further prevent your plants from being overwatered
- Add your soil. Make sure to leave enough room to add your plant. Your soil of choice will change depending on the plant you are potting. Your local garden centre can help you find the right base.
- Remove your plant from the container you purchased it in and gently separate the roots from the soil.
- Once your plant roots are exposed, add it to your repurposed container. Top with additional soil to hold your plant in place.
- Add any decorative items you would like to your container ie. ribbon, gems, stickers, etc.
Recycling: Aluminum Cans/ Beverage Bottles
Your new cannabis beverages may look similar to your other beverage options, but can they be recycled in the same way? The answer is, yes! Your cannabis beverage bottles and cans can be returned for a refund at your local bottle depot.
Recycling: Cardboard Boxes
Yup, you guessed it, your cardboard boxes are definitely recyclable. Just make sure they’ve been flattened, clean, and dry. If you’re into composting some packaging, such as from Kolab and Foray, can be added to your compost bin.
Garbage: Vape Cartridges / Disposable Vapes
Whether it’s PAX, 510, or Luma your vape cartridges and disposable vapes are not recyclable. The complicated technology that makes up a vape cartridge is not easy to reuse; cartridges go in your garbage. Alternatively, your vape batteries and disposable vapes are considered household hazardous waste and should be dropped off at your local eco station.
Want to learn more?
Check out our Instagram post for a quick on-the-go cannabis recycling guide, or download the Edmonton Waste Wise app for in-depth information on recycling. As always, if you’re ever uncertain feel free to ask our Budtenders! They’re always happy to answer any and all cannabis inquiries you may have.