Sobeys paves parking lot with post-consumer plastic

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

STELLARTON, Nova Scotia – Sobeys Inc. has opened a new store with a parking lot paved using post-consumer plastics that have been diverted from local landfills.

The amount of recycled plastics used in the mixture to pave the lot at the company’s new Timberlea, Nova Scotia, store is equivalent to more than six million plastic checkout bags.

This innovative approach to plastics reduction and reuse follows the company’s commitment to remove plastic grocery bags from all Sobeys grocery stores by the end of January 2020, a change that will take 225 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation at Sobeys’ 255 locations across Canada each year.

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

Sobeys Inc. also worked with Goodwood Plastic Products who provided the recycled plastics lumber used for Sobeys Inc.’s Ultimate Picnic Table, that was unveiled on the Halifax waterfront in October 2019 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.

“As a company, we are proud of our Nova Scotia roots, that’s why we’re especially thrilled to continue growing our store network right here in our home province while finding unique ways to innovate locally and drive sustainability,” said Vittoria Varalli, vice-president, sustainability, Sobeys Inc.

“The post-consumer plastics parking lot and picnic bench out front, 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 – reduced single-use plastics, more reuse, and increased recycling of plastic waste.”