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July 26, 2018 News

Walt Disney Co. plans to eliminate plastic straws by mid-2019

by Canadian Plastics

The company also said that it plans to transition to using refillable in-room amenities in its hotels and on its cruise ships over the next few years; and that it will be reducing the number of plastic shopping bags in its parks as well as on its cruise line.

July 16, 2018 News

Starbucks proposed plastic straw ban draws fire from disability rights groups

by Canadian Plastics

Starbucks announced on July 9 that it would phase out plastic straws from its stores by 2020. In the past few days, however, several U.S.-based groups have protested the policy, saying it will exclude some people with disabilities.

July 5, 2018 News

Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, The Keg and other restaurants will eliminate plastic straws

by Canadian Plastics

Recipe Unlimited – which owns these and other chains – plans to eliminate plastic straws from its entire restaurant network by March 2019, to be replaced by paper straws.

July 3, 2018 News

Five tons of ocean plastic is sculpted into a 38-foot-tall whale

by Canadian Plastics

Plastic waste fished from the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans has been sculpted into a 38-foot-tall whale in Bruges, Belgium as part of the city’s Triennial Bruges 2018: Liquid City event.

June 18, 2018 News

McDonald’s to phase out plastic straws in UK, Ireland

by Canadian Plastics

The fast food giant announced on June 15 that it will replace plastic straws in all of its restaurants throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland – totalling about 1,300 locations – by 2019.

June 13, 2018 News

Ikea removing plastic bags, straws, single-use plastics by 2020

by Canadian Plastics

In the latest ban involving plastic straws, Swedish home furniture supplier Ikea has pledged to remove all plastic bags, straws and other single-use plastics products its stores globally, and from customer and employee restaurants in stores by 2020.

June 11, 2018 News

Canadian plastics and chemistry industries set ambitious recycling targets

by Canadian Plastics

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada have partnered to establish some ambitious recycling targets designed to re-use, recycle, or recover 100 per cent of plastics packaging by 2040.

June 9, 2018 News

A&W Canada to eliminate plastic straws from all restaurants by 2019

by Canadian Plastics

The Canadian fast food chain is making the switch to paper straws.

June 8, 2018 News

Sarnia plastics recycler wants your black plastic trays and containers

by Canadian Plastics

ReVital Polymers says that black plastics collected in recycling programs are an important resource and feedstock for its recycling business.

May 30, 2018 News

EU plastics industry criticizes proposal to ban single-use plastics

by Canadian Plastics

The European Plastics Converters association and the European Bioplastics trade association are both speaking out against the EU’s proposed ban.

May 28, 2018 News

EU proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery

by Canadian Plastics

The draft rules would ban the 10 single-use plastic products said to make up 70 per cent of all marine litter, including plastic cotton swabs, plates, and swizzle sticks.

May 23, 2018 News

Plastic bag among garbage found at bottom of the Mariana Trench

by Canadian Plastics

Newly-released photos and video footage show plastic is among the garbage at the deepest point in the ocean.

May 23, 2018 News

Vancouver to ban plastic straws, foam cups and containers by June 2019

by Canadian Plastics

The decision is drawing criticism from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, which notes that a recent public opinion survey shows the ban is highly unpopular with Vancouver residents.

April 23, 2018 News

Britain considers banning plastic straws, wants Canada to do the same

by Canadian Plastics

The United Kingdom wants to take action to ban plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, and is urging other Commonwealth nations – including Canada – to follow suit.

February 21, 2018 News

Rigid, film plastic recycling rates up in U.S.

by Canadian Plastics

Recycling rates in the U.S. for non-bottle rigid plastics and plastic film wraps each improved by 10 per cent in 2016, according to two recently released reports.

February 19, 2018 News

Quebec recycler gets grant to process more EPS

by Canadian Plastics

Victoriaville, Que.-based waste management firm Gaudreau Environnement has received a $49,250 grant from the Foam Recycling Coalition to fund a foam densifier that will allow it to capture more expanded polystyrene packaging for recycling.

February 14, 2018 News

Dunkin’ Donuts to eliminate foam cups worldwide in 2020

by Canadian Plastics

The doughnut and beverage restaurant chain will phase new double-walled paper cups into U.S. restaurants beginning in spring 2018.

January 6, 2018 News

Marine organisms contribute to spread of microplastics in water: report

by Canadian Plastics

A study by UK’s University of Plymouth says that by tearing apart solid plastics, marinelife actually contributes to the spread of microplastics in the marine environment.

December 19, 2017 News

Victoria, B.C. to ban plastic bags starting in July 2018

by Canadian Plastics

Under a new bylaw, businesses will be prohibited from providing customers single-use plastic bags. Enforcement is set to begin in January 2019.

November 8, 2017 News

Plastic bottle recycling falls in U.S.

by Canadian Plastics

Plastic bottle recycling declined slightly in 2016, slipping 2.4 per cent to just over 2.9 billion pounds, a new report said.