The Not-for-Profit Association category recognizes environmental achievement by a not-for-profit or professional association for a particular initiative that demonstrates the association’s commitment to the environment and has produced measurable, positive change. The Emerald Award in this category was presented to (right to left) Brian Miller and Roberta Windrum by Andy Pool of EnCana Corporation. The awards ceremony was held on June 12, 2002 at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) milk jugs are among the largest contributors of plastic waste in Alberta landfills today. To remedy this situation, the Alberta Dairy Council and Alberta Environment established the Plastic Milk Jug Recycling Program in July 1999. This program has been successful in raising public awareness of the need to recycle milk containers. Its motto, “Capless, Clean & Crushed” has resulted in 2,491 tonnes of milk jugs being diverted from landfills in the first two years of operation. In January 2002, the program expanded once again to include paper-based gable-top milk cartons. With this addition, the program was renamed the “Milk Container Recycling Program.”
The Alberta Dairy Council represents 13 dairy processors who process 600 million litres of milk annually; this represents 99 per cent of the province’s dairy farm production. The three dairy processors of fluid milk in Alberta who fund the program are Dairyworld Foods, Lucerne Foods and Palamalat Canada.
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