Encorp Pacific (Canada)

Encorp Pacific (Canada)
BC Parks

BC Parks

July 21, 2011 19:45 ET

Encorp Pacific Partners With Ministry of Environment to Keep BC Parks Green and Clean

Specially Designed Bear-Proof Recycling Containers to be Installed in More BC Parks

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 21, 2011) - Encorp Pacific (Canada) and BC Parks –

Editors Note: There are two photos associated with this Press Release.

Encorp Pacific (Canada) and the B.C. government are continuing their partnership to bring a "bear smart" recycling program to BC provincial parks with the goal of keeping our parks green and clean.

"As British Columbians, we're proud of our provincial parks, and conscientious when it comes to recycling," said Encorp Pacific (Canada) President, Neil Hastie. "Encorp's 'bear smart' recycling partnership with the Provincial Government will not only help keep our parks clean and conserve resources, it will further minimize impact on wildlife." The Ministry of Environment presented Sandy Sigmund, Chief Marketing Officer, with an award at the Recycling Council of BC's Annual Conference in Whistler, BC. "On behalf of Encorp Pacific, we sincerely thank the Ministry of Environment for recognizing our commitment to BC Parks with an award as well as an engraved placard bench at Alice Lake Provincial Park."

The specially designed metal bins allow park users to recycle their used beverage containers, and safely keep bears out. One hundred and twenty-one bear-proof recycle bins have been placed at eight BC Parks: Cultus Lake Provincial Park (near Chilliwack), Goldstream Provincial Park (near Victoria), Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park (near Parksville), Alice Lake Provincial Park (near Squamish), Paul Lake (near Kamloops), Wells Gray (near Clearwater), Manning Park (in between Hope & Princeton) and Golden Ears Provincial Park (near Maple Ridge).

The Ministry of Environment has contributed $8,000 toward the program, and Encorp Pacific Canada has contributed $184,000 toward the recycling bins. "Our province has worked very hard at mitigating waste and reducing bear-human conflicts. The continued support of the 'bear smart' recycling program, without a doubt, has improved the way we co-exist with bears while keeping our BC parks clean," says Minister of Environment, Terry Lake.

Encorp Pacific's Return-It Man was on hand at the Paul Lake Bear-Proof Recycling Container event and provided the following recycling facts to a crowded park audience:

  • Recycling beverage containers saves enough energy to power 63,000 BC homes for a year, take the equivalent of 39,000 cars off BC's roads for one year and contributes to the reduction of about 135,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent being released into the atmosphere.

  • Each year, 57,000 tonnes of new products are made from the beverage containers Encorp recycles.

  • Since 1994, Encorp has recycled over 10 billion containers.

  • 3,700 recycled two litre plastic beverage containers will produce 150 fleece shirts, and save one barrel of oil in the process.

  • For every tonne of glass Encorp recycles, about nine gallons of fuel oil are saved.

  • Juice boxes get recycled into toilet paper.

  • The process of recycling an aluminum can, manufacturing another, filling it, packing and shipping it to stores, takes less than 60 days.

Encorp Pacific Canada is a product stewardship corporation with beverage container management as its core business. Encorp's mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to ensure that used containers are properly recycled and not land filled or incinerated.

To find out more about Encorp Pacific Canada, please go to: www.return-it.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Encorp Pacific (Canada)
    Sandy Sigmund
    Chief Marketing Officer

    Government of British Columbia
    Ministry of Environment
    Suntanu Dalal