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.
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.
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.
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”.
Ocean Cleanup project hits a snag
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grocery chain giant Kroger to ban single-use plastic bags by 2025
Kroger Corp., America’s largest grocery chain, has announced that…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A&W Canada to eliminate plastic straws from all restaurants by 2019
The Canadian fast food chain is making the switch to paper straws.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.