CANADA – The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and Circular Materials have partnered in an effort to improve the country’s circular plastic economy.

The three packaging companies will work to de-risk and increase investments in critical recycling infrastructure and technology innovations.

These investments will aim to expedite Canada’s transition to a circular economy for plastic packaging via solutions that combat plastic waste and pollution.

The partners will also work together to address emerging policy priorities and infrastructure gaps in this area.

CPP Interim Managing Director Paul Shorthouse said: “The CPP, CIAC and Circular Materials have come together to address the key challenges and opportunities for achieving a circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada.

“Our shared approach identifies the need for both upstream and downstream supports, including capital investments in critical infrastructure, investments in innovation and emerging technologies, and incentives to facilitate investments that support working to redesign packaging for recyclability and the related transition plans.”

On his part, CIAC President and CEO Bob Masterson said: “We will work together to identify the need for incentives that support investments and innovation for upstream system transformation, such as through tax incentives and accelerated capital cost allowances to support packaging redesign and manufacturers and converters looking to upgrade their facilities.”

Circular Materials CEO Allen Langdon said: “As a national not-for-profit producer-governed organization, we are committed to building efficient and effective recycling systems where plastics and other packaging materials are collected, recycled and returned back to producers for use as recycled content.

“In doing this, we are ensuring materials are reused again and again – keeping them in our economy and out of our environment.”

Early this month, the Canada Plastics Pact welcomed six new partners under the CPP’s shared action plan to build a circular economy for plastic packaging in Canada.

Collaboration and partnerships to work towards a plastic circular economy in the country have increased despite a report by NGO Environmental Defence stating that Canada will fail to achieve its goal to eliminate plastic packaging waste by 2030.

According to the report, if no changes are made to the management of plastic packaging and products to prevent them from becoming waste, Canada will miss its 2030 target by 2,092,994 metric tonnes.

The report found that all provincial policies across the country are largely failing, with only two provinces receiving a passing grade — British Columbia (C) and Prince Edward Island (D+).

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