Bring It Campaign Expands to Business Community

Successful Bring It Campaign Expands to Local Business Community
Posted on 03/03/2020
The City of Charlottetown is excited to launch phase two of the successful Bring It Charlottetown program, a business recognition program called Bring It Business - aimed to reduce single-use waste from local food service businesses.

Bring It Business is a continuation of the public awareness campaign, Bring It Charlottetown, that was launched in December of 2019. Bring It Charlottetown resulted in more than 500 individuals pledging to bring reusable items as a way to cut down on single-use plastics, demonstrating the commitment of Islanders in reducing waste.

The Bring it Business recognition program will work with local food service businesses, who decide to opt into the program, to suggest more sustainable alternatives to reduce the overall single-use waste produced. Businesses must meet a set of criteria, including:
• Eliminating all Styrofoam, plastic cutlery, and “compostable” plastics;
• Ensuring all take-out containers are compostable or recyclable on PEI;
• Offering straws only upon request;
• Implementing a policy to refill customer’s water bottles and travel mugs.

“The Bring It Business recognition program is part of a larger effort taking place in the Maritimes to engage various stakeholders in lower-waste lifestyles,” said Mayor Philip Brown. “We understand that businesses may require time to implement the changes necessary for certification, but encourage them to register at any time to begin the conversation.”

There are a number of incentives and rewards for businesses who make the efforts required to become a Bring It Business. They will be provided with a substantial starting stock of wooden cutlery, special pricing on wooden cutlery for all future purchases, and special recognition within the community, including: an eye catching Bring It Business sticker for the entrance of their establishment, shout outs on the City’s social media platforms and recognition on the City’s website, and continued support and information on waste-reduction and sustainable alternatives from both the City of Charlottetown and Island Waste Management Corporation.

“The City of Charlottetown’s Single Use Plastic Survey showed that 76% of Islanders are very concerned about the level of single-use plastic generated on PEI and that 89% are more likely to shop at a business that is making an effort to reduce single-use plastic,” said Councillor Terry MacLeod, chair of Environment and Sustainability. “Becoming a Bring it Business is a great opportunity to get information and support to transition to low-waste and sustainable alternatives and get public recognition for doing so.”

For more information on Bring It Business or to register for the program, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/bringit , or email sustainability@charlottetown.ca