CALGARY, AB (December 7, 2022) – The Alberta Plastics Recycling Association (APRA) is pleased to announce its engagement with the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) as an implementation partner.

As a national leader, the CPP is convening groups across the plastics value chain and there is alignment with the work that APRA does in Alberta to facilitate partnerships and programs to advance circularity across the plastics value chain. The CPP is a unique multi-stakeholder collaboration platform creating joint understanding of main roadblocks across the plastics value chain in order to identify timely and scalable solutions to enact broader systems change. It has the participation of more than 90 leading companies and organizations working to develop upstream and downstream solutions to realize a circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada. The CPP is committed to its targets as set out in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy.

“APRA supports the CPP mandate and feel that we can contribute to achieving the goals of the organization,” commented APRA President Wendy Wright. “The CPP brings together partners across Canada that can truly make a difference in better design of packaging for reuse and recyclability, effecting wider systemic change.”

The CPP’s mission is “to unite leaders and experts across Canada’s plastics value chain to collaboratively develop, pilot and scale effective, innovative and bold solutions that will overcome systemic barriers to achieving a prosperous circular plastics economy”.

“APRA has spearheaded a number of programs and projects to advance plastics circularity across the value chain in Alberta. We are pleased to have APRA join the CPP to collaborate on further advancing circular solutions within the province and across the country,” says Sinead King, Director of Partnership Engagement at Canada Plastics Pact.

CPP Implementation Partners commit themselves to supporting the CPP vision and will undertake efforts to achieve the following shared and collective targets for Canada by 2025.

The targets are in line with the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and are as follows:

  • Define a list of plastic packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025.
  • Support efforts towards 100% of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost at least 50% of plastic packaging.
  • Ensure an average of at least 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging (by weight).

About APRA

The Alberta Plastics Recycling Association (APRA) is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates partnerships and programs to advance circularity across the value chain. For 31 years, APRA has been driven by its vision of helping its members capture and recycle plastics and has a renewed focus on developing a sustainable plastics circular economy where post-use plastic stays out of the environment and in the economy. APRA’s membership includes plastics resin manufacturers, fabricators, converters, wholesalers, and retailers of plastic products, along with plastics recyclers and other members of Alberta’s recycling community. The organization has helped to establish plastics recycling initiatives in Alberta for materials including used oil containers, agricultural plastics, milk containers, and expanded polystyrene (EPS), among others.

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About the Canada Plastics Pact

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) is tackling plastic waste and pollution, as a multi-stakeholder, industry-led, cross-value chain collaboration platform. The CPP brings together Partners who are united behind a vision of creating a circular economy in Canada in which plastic waste is kept in the economy and out of the environment. It unites businesses, government, non-governmental organizations and other key actors in the local plastics value chain behind clear actionable targets for 2025. The Canada Plastics Pact is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Plastics Pact network. It operates as an independent initiative of The Natural Step Canada, a national charity with over 25 years experience advancing science, innovation and strategic leadership aimed at fostering a strong and inclusive economy that thrives within nature’s limits.

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For further information, please contact:

Tammy Schwass
Executive Director