Nestle gives $50,000 for recreational facility

Nestlé Waters Canada has donated $50,000 to the Optimist Club of Puslinch to help fund the construction of the community’s new multi-use recreational facility.

“We are thrilled with Nestlé Waters Canada’s donation to the multi-use recreational centre and our community,” said Ken Williams, president, of the Optimist Club.

“This is the latest example of the company’s commitment to working with our community to further enhance the quality of life in what is already one of the very best rural communities to live, work and play in Ontario.”

The water bottler’s donation will be complemented by the establishment of a public spaces recycling program in the recreational centre. In addition to its financial donation, Nestlé will supply the recycling infrastructure and metho­dology necessary to operate a recycling program in the recreation centre.

Construction of the facility is estimated at $2.15-million, with the federal and provincial governments each providing $716,328, while the Puslinch Township has ear-marked $366,328 towards the project. The Optimist Club of Puslinch has committed to raise the re­maining $350,000 from the community.

“We are a very proud member of the Puslinch community,” said Gail Cosman, president of Nestlé Waters Canada. “This rec centre will be a focal point of the community’s leis­ure strategy. The establishment of public spaces recycling there will help to put the community at the forefront of environmental sustainability in this pro­vince, while keeping it clean for all to enjoy.”

Public spaces recycling involves the collection of recyclable materials, including plastic beverage containers, in public spaces such as Sports parks, arenas, cultural facilities, streetscapes, transit stops, schools and bars and restaurants. The pilot program that triggered the agreement resulted in an average 85% recovery rate for recyclable materials.