At the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, social responsibility is in our DNA – it’s in our mandate as a regulator and it’s how we operate as an organization. This includes encouraging socially responsible behaviors and practices by the industries we regulate.
There are federal packaging and labelling requirements set out in the Cannabis Act to ensure the safety of all Ontarians. Although this may result in materials that cannot be accepted by local municipal recycling programs, there are ways you can safely and responsibly recycle cannabis packaging.

Recycling Programs

As a Cannabis Retail Store Operator, you can help divert cannabis packaging from the landfill.
There are programs that specialize in hard-to-recycle waste (such as Terracycle) that accept cannabis packing.
These free programs make it easy for you to collect and ship cannabis packaging to recycling facilities so that it can be repurposed or recycled properly.

Please Note: Recycling of vape pens is a growing concern within the industry, however responsible disposal is more complicated than with other cannabis packaging. Not all recycling programs have a vape recycling option.

More Information

For more information on the recycling options available to you, please contact your AGCO Compliance Official or call AGCO Customer Service at 416-326-8700 (or toll free in Ontario at 1-800-522-2876).

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