Canadian Plastics


January 6, 2018  

Marine organisms contribute to spread of microplastics in water: report

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  

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

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  

Plastic bottle recycling falls in U.S.

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

October 25, 2017  

New plastics recycler ReVital Polymers officially opens in Sarnia, Ont.

ReVital Polymers Inc., which was founded last year but officially launched on Oct. 20, is owned and operated by recycling industry pioneers Emmie Leung and Tony Moucachen.

October 4, 2017  

Initiative pledges $150 million to fight SE Asia ocean plastics problem

Major brands, non-profit organizations, and industry groups have joined

August 29, 2017  

Ontario government creates $25.8 million cleantech innovation fund

The fund will aid development of greenhouse-gas-reducing technologies, both in the prototype and pilot phases. The initiative is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market.

August 9, 2017  

Plastics recycler GreenMantra gets $2.2 million in funding

A plastics recycler is among six Toronto-area cleantech companies

May 9, 2017  

Plastic-to-diesel plant coming to Nova Scotia

The build is expected to be completed in December 2017 and the first fuel output delivered by early 2018.

February 18, 2017  

NYC plastic bag fee blocked by Gov. Cuomo

But Cuomo calls for New York State to take action on “plastic bag problem.”

February 3, 2017  

CPIA names Joe Hruska as new VP, sustainability

Hruska will lead the development and execution of Toronto-based CPIA’s sustainability, advocacy, and partnership programs to promote solutions that increase the recycling and recovery of plastics at their end-of-life and reduce marine litter.

December 20, 2016  

FEPAC to close shop

The Quebec-based industry association will cease operations on Dec. 31. Its signature ECOresponsible program will continue under the guidance of Quebec’s Council of Sustainable Industries.

December 5, 2016  

EPA doubles down on 2025 emissions standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to leave in place its greenhouse gas emissions standards for light vehicles through the 2025 model year. Many in the auto industry aren’t happy with the decision.

October 29, 2016  

Niagara Region unveils new technology at recycling centre

Polystyrene foam densifier was delivered with funding through a partnership between Niagara Region, the Waste Diversion Ontario Continuous Improvement Fund and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.

October 22, 2016  

New plastics recycling plant planned for Sarnia, Ont.

Veteran recyclers create partnership to revitalize plastics recycler Entropex.

September 30, 2016  

Novamont invests 100 million euros in biochemical plant

The Italian biochemical company has opened the first plant in the world to make a chemical compound used in the production of plastics with renewable sources.

September 28, 2016  

Ontario cancels 1,000 megawatts of new wind and solar projects

The decision is designed to help keep rising consumer hydro rates in check.

September 16, 2016  

Microplastics found throughout Great Lakes rivers: study

The study tested 107 water samples collected from 29 Great Lakes tributaries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New York, and found microplastics in all samples.

September 14, 2016  

FEPAC, Vinyl Institute announce Canada-wide sustainability partnership

Two Canadian plastics associations are partnering in a bid

July 26, 2016  

Plastics reduce environmental costs by nearly four times compared to alternatives: report

Despite a widespread perception to the contrary, the environmental

July 20, 2016  

Ford, Jose Cuervo team up to make bioplastic car parts from agave

Researchers are testing the material’s durability and heat resistance for potential use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses and storage bins.

July 13, 2016  

World bioplastics market is valued at $30.8 billion: report

The current global bioplastics market is valued at US$30.8

July 2, 2016  

Canada’s plastic packaging recycling rate sees 3% growth

At least 320.7 million kilograms of post-consumer plastic were collected in Canada for recycling in 2014.

May 6, 2016  

Nova Chemical donating funds to fight Fort McMurray wildfires

Calgary-based Nova Chemicals Corporation is donating $200,000 to the

May 4, 2016  

Power Failure!

Rising electricity prices, courtesy of Canada’s most ambitious green energy plan, are threatening to turn out the lights on Ontario’s plastics processors.

May 2, 2016  

Walmart Canada to extend plastic bag fees

A five-cent plastic bag fee to discourage single use bags and eliminate plastic film from municipal land-fill to be implemented at Walmart stores in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec during the month of May.

April 10, 2016  

Much ado about fracking

Hydraulic fracturing can open vast stores of cheap natural gas, to the benefit of North America’s chemical and plastics industry. The weird part is that, after more than 60 years, the process has suddenly become a lightning rod for controversy, and even outright bans. Here’s why.

March 29, 2016  

New Brunswick government won’t lift fracking moratorium until conditions met: report

The province of New Brunswick won’t lift a moratorium

December 29, 2015  

U.S. to ban microbeads starting in 2017

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill

December 8, 2015  

U.S. House of Representatives passes ban on plastic microbeads

American Chemistry Council supports legislation.

December 1, 2015  

CPIA, Wittmann Canada partner on Army Run recycling

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and processing and

November 18, 2015  

Biodegradable plastics don’t reduce marine litter: UN

The growing use of biodegradable plastics will not significantly

November 1, 2015  

Fracking risks are manageable: report

The report, by the Fraser Institute, finds that fracking-related concerns about drinking water and air quality are largely unfounded.