Canadian Plastics


July 13, 2019  

Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

This worldwide initiative was launched in 2018 with the goal of addressing the plastic waste and pollution crisis at its source and keeping plastics within the economy.

July 9, 2019  

Straw maker Stone Straw fights back with bioplastic straws

Traditional plastic straws are an endangered species nowadays, which is why this well-known Brantford, Ont.-based extruder is making the move to an eco-friendly plant-based alternative.

May 14, 2019  

Mexico City passes ban on plastic bags, single-use utensils

Set to come into force in December 2020 or January 2021, the ban will include such articles as non-biodegradable plastic bags, straws, cutlery, cups, and coffee capsules.

April 8, 2019  

Thousands of responses to Newfoundland and Labrador plastic bag ban survey

The province’s Environment department says that a decision on the possibility of banning single-use plastic bags is coming in the “near future”.

March 29, 2019  

Ocean Cleanup project hits a snag

March 26, 2019  

98% of European plastics production covered by Operation Clean Sweep

The international program is designed to prevent plastic pellets, flakes, and powder from being lost from factory floors and winding up in lakes and oceans.

March 18, 2019  

Newfoundland and Labrador seeking public input on possible plastic bag ban

The province has established a survey asking residents and others about their opinions on the possibility of banning single-use retail plastic bags.

March 9, 2019  

Ontario government weighs ban on single-use plastics

In a new discussion paper, the Province is asking the public for input on how to reduce litter and waste.

March 6, 2019  

Ocean Cleanup mission failed because of material fatigue, investigators say

The ambitious system failed on Dec. 29 when a 60-foot length of the device deployed in the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch between Hawaii and California broke off.

October 30, 2018  

Britain to tax non-recycled plastic packaging by 2022

Under the new proposal, which will now go out for consultation, plastic packaging that contains at least 30 per cent recycled material will be exempt from the tax.

October 1, 2018  

CPIA makes new commitment to Operation Clean Sweep

The industry association’s newest Clean Sweep initiative involves getting all CPIA member companies to be signatories participating in the program by 2022.

September 23, 2018  

Ottawa plans to eliminate single-use plastics from federal operations

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announces the federal government plans to eliminate single-use plastics throughout government operations.

September 6, 2018  

Beer-maker Carlsberg replacing plastic wrapping on its six-packs with glue

Described as a “world first for the beer industry,” the Danish brewer said it would cut the amount of plastic used in its traditional multi-packs by as much as 76 per cent.

August 29, 2018  

Nova Chemicals investing $2 million to reduce plastic debris in oceans

The investment supports Project Stop, a new global initiative to design and implement solutions to reduce marine plastic pollution especially in countries with high leakage of plastics into our oceans.

August 27, 2018  

Grocery chain giant Kroger to ban single-use plastic bags by 2025

Kroger Corp., America’s largest grocery chain, has announced that

July 26, 2018  

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

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  

Starbucks proposed plastic straw ban draws fire from disability rights groups

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  

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

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  

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

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  

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

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  

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

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  

Canadian plastics and chemistry industries set ambitious recycling targets

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  

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

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

June 8, 2018  

Sarnia plastics recycler wants your black plastic trays and containers

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

May 30, 2018  

EU plastics industry criticizes proposal to ban single-use 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  

EU proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery

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  

Plastic bag among garbage found at bottom of the Mariana Trench

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

May 23, 2018  

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

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  

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

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  

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

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  

Quebec recycler gets grant to process more EPS

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  

Dunkin’ Donuts to eliminate foam cups worldwide in 2020

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