Nova Scotia

Parking lot at new Sobeys in Timberlea largely made from recycled plastics

A Sobeys in Timberlea, N.S., says it has one of the first parking lots in Canada made almost entirely of post-consumer plastics diverted from local landfills.

Company says initiative promotes plastic reduction, reuse

The amount of recycled plastics used in the parking lot asphalt mixture at the Sobeys in Timberlea, N.S., equates to more than six million plastic shopping bags. (Ken Linton/CBC)

A Sobeys in Timberlea, N.S., says it has one of the first parking lots in Canada made almost entirely of post-consumer plastics diverted from local landfills.

The amount of recycled plastics used in the parking lot asphalt mixture equates to more than six million plastic shopping bags.

In a news release, the company said the initiative promotes plastic reduction and reuse.

Sobeys worked with a Colchester County, N.S., company called Goodwood Plastic Products to create the new asphalt pavement mixture.

Part of the parking lot at the Sobeys in Timberlea, N.S., is shown. (Submitted by Sobeys Inc.)

The green initiative is part of Sobeys plans to remove plastic bags from all its grocery stores in Canada by the end of January 2020. The chain said removing the bags from its 255 locations will take 225 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation each year.

Earlier in the year, Goodwood Plastic Products paved a parking lot in Burnside, N.S., with asphalt that included two tonnes of material made from plastic shopping bags.

The Timberlea Sobeys will also have a picnic bench on site made with Goodwood Plastic Products that uses recycled plastics.

MORE TOP STORIES

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.