CAN: Recycling cannabis containers is booming business for Edmonton startup

Ever since cannabis was legalized, there’s been a lingering question over what to do with all the pot packaging. An Edmonton startup has sorted out the plastic problem and is now profiting from it. In less than two years, [Re] Waste has spun low-end plastic into a lucrative business.

It all started in the garage of Corey Saban, the founder, and CEO of [Re] Waste. Now the business operates out of a large warehouse next to the Edmonton International Airport.

Saban’s plastic recycling business found so much success so quickly, primarily thanks to cannabis containers. “Customers would take the cannabis containers back to the retail stores, and we would collect all of those containers on a monthly basis,” Saban said.

Saban credits cannabis consumers for being avid recyclers. “At such a young industry, there’s an opportunity to promote change, and the consumers are the ones driving these programs. They know that the cannabis containers have a lot of plastic that’s just wasted,” Saban said.

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