An Update on Federal Plastics Announcements
June was a busy month for announcements on the Federal Government’s action on Zero Plastics Waste. Early in the month Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban on harmful single-use plastics and holding companies responsible for plastic waste. The time frame to ban materials such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks was set for 2021.
More detailed reports with an outline of steps to reduce plastic waste were also shared in June. The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development’s report to the House of Commons called The Last Straw: Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution in Canada shared a number of recommendations:
- There is a need for coordinated action
- Plastic toxicity should be assessed through the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
- Standardization is key to increasing plastic recycling
- Fostering recycling
- Funding is required to foster innovation to modernize recycling
- Canadians need better information to be fully engaged
- The Federal Government can set an example through its procurement
After the June meeting, the Canadian Council for Ministers of the Environment, released the Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste, Phase 1. The report delves into areas of focus over the next few months to a few years down the road to make changes in how we use and manage plastics. Six areas of focus include: facilitate consistent Extended Producer Responsibility programs, address priority single-use and disposable products, national performance requirements and standards, incentives for a circular economy, infrastructure and innovation investments, and public procurement and green operations.
Deloitte released a report investigating the economic details of plastics recycling earlier this year. The report was commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada and cites a $7.8 billion lost opportunity to capture plastics that are ending up in the landfill with a small amount ending up in the environment. It provides a very thorough overview of our current recycling system and opportunities. http://
Links to details from each announcement and report can be found here:
Basel Convention Changes to Plastic Exports
Plastics are now a focus as part of the Basel Convention. The Basel Convention was formed in 1992 to restrict trade of hazardous waste between developed and developing countries and the latest changes, ratified in May, outline restrictions on shipping scrap plastic including mixed bales. According to Resource Recycling News, the new exemptions will only allow clean shipments that meet a quality threshold. More details of what will be included are still being determined. For the full article: https://resource-
Halifax, NS – June 27, 2019 – Federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers in attendance today released the first phase of the action plan to implement the Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste, which aims to reduce plastic waste across Canada. The action plan lays out concrete measures to achieve the vision of keeping plastics in the economy and out of the environment…
Canadian Plastics Innovation Challenge Presentation– Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has announced funding to help solve plastics challenges. Funding of up to $150,000 is available for proof of concept ideas and up to $1 million to support a prototype. You do need to be a for-profit enterprise to apply. Or visit https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/00001.html for more info.
CPIA Announces 2014 Plastics Industry Leadership Award Winners http://albertaplasticsrecycling.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/file_2014CPIAIndustryAwards_final-1.pdf
Progress report outlines international plastics industry efforts to combat marine litter. http://albertaplasticsrecycling.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/file_NR_Global_Declaration___June_2014.pdf
CPIA Announces Krista Friesen as Vice-President, Sustainability
Earth Day, Sustainability and Plastics
Plastic ‘Caps on Bottles’- Designed to be Recycled
Plastics Packaging Better for Environment than Alternatives Made with Other Materials
Innovations in Plastics: ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’
Recycling of Plastic Packaging Across Canada Continues to Increase
Study: Plastic Packaging Enables Significant Energy and Greenhouse Gas Savings in U.S. and Canada
CPIA Announces Retirement of Vice President Cathy Cirko
Is that little black dress made with recycled plastics?
Cashing in with Plastics. Making bank notes out of plastic.
Doing More with Less. How plastics packaging helps reduce food waste. http://albertaplasticsrecycling.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/file_NR_PlasticPackagingDoingMorewithLess.doc
Plastic Bag Recycling Available to Most Canadians
Coke’s new shrink sleeve designed for easier plastics recycling
Official: Recycling can help the public feel good about plastics
Plastics Makers Honor Innovators in Plastics Recycling
The Recycling Journey of the Plastics Beverage Bottle
EU committee calls for 70 percent plastics recycling http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20131010/NEWS/131019999/eu-committee-calls-for-70-percent-plastics-recycling#
Could recycled plastic be turned into a low-carbon fuel?
Innovations in Plastics Help Protect Extreme Sport Athletes
Helmets, eye protection and padding are all examples of products made from plastic and used by athletes.
Nascar, Platstics and your daily commute
It may be surprising to learn that plastics play an integral role in the safety of NASCAR racing—and that these innovations in plastics can end up in the car you drive every day.
Plastics industry members tour Edmonton’s mega… Canadian Plastics (video)
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association plans to restructure into two divisions. video The Canadian Association of Mold MakersCAMM hosted their …
10/24 CPIA leads tour of Edmonton’s mega-recycling facility
Over 200 plastics industry members spent the day at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC), North America’s largest collection of modern, sustainable waste processing and research facilities. Situated on 233 hectares of land, the EWMC encompasses… www.canplastics.com
Edmonton Waste Management Center Highlights MSW Fuel…
Toronto, ON—Imagine a world where our garbage actually powers the vehicles we drive. An untapped source of energy. Energy that would cut greenhouse gas.
Canadian Plastics Recycler Wins Award
China tops Europe in plastics production
Canadian plastics industry members to hold meetings with politicians on “Parliament Day”