Canadian Plastics


February 25, 2012  

Worker dies in Alberta plastics recycling accident

Provincial safety officials are investigating the death of a worker at a central Alberta plastics recycling plant.

February 22, 2012  

Plastics recycling catching on in Halifax

Halifax is diverting tons of plastics away from landfills after the successful expansion of the region’s recycling program.

December 8, 2011  

Global demand for bioplastics to exceed one million tons in 2015: report

Spurred by preferences for sustainable materials, improved product performance, and price parity with petroleum-based plastics, the global demand for biodegradable and bio-based plastics will more than triple to more than 1.1 million tons…

November 21, 2011  

Global plastics industry launches action plan to reduce marine litter

Plastics industry leaders from across the world – including from organizations such as the Society of the Plastics Industry and the American Chemistry Council – met this week in Dubai to create a global action plan for solutions on…

November 11, 2011  

Post-consumer plastic bottles used to make houses in Nigerian city

City planners in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna are using post-consumer plastic bottles to help solve a housing shortage in Africa’s most populous nation.

October 16, 2011  

Tetra Pak unveils new waste reduction initiatives

Tying in with Canada’s National Waste Reduction Week, food packager Tetra Pak Inc. has launched its own global sustainability goals.

October 14, 2011  

CPIA leads tour of Edmonton’s mega-recycling facility

On October 5, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) co-sponsored a tour of the future.

August 29, 2011  

Par-Pak making Canadian, international expansions

Rigid food packaging producer Par-Pak Ltd. is beefing up operations at its three manufacturing sites.

August 19, 2011  

SPI reappoints plastics recycler to handle NPE 2012 scrap

Once again, an Illinois-based recycler has landed the job of recycling all of the plastic scrap generated at next year’s NPE 2012 trade show in Orlando.

July 27, 2011  

Canadian beauty product maker partners with TerraCycle to turn PET waste into playgrounds

Garnier Canada, a brand owned by personal care and beauty product maker L’Oreal, has entered into an exclusive partnership with waste recycling expert TerraCycle to recycle PET packaging.

July 18, 2011  

PepsiCo to introduce 100% recycled plastic bottles in Canada

PepsiCo Beverages Canada is set to launch 7UP soft drink in bottles made from 100 per cent recycled PET plastic – the first such bottle in North America, the company said.

June 9, 2011  

Ontario plastics recycler gets $4 million to fund pilot program

A plastics recycling company in Sarnia has received $4 million from the Ontario government to improve its technology.

May 25, 2011  

Erema expands Massachusetts headquarters

Plastics recycling systems manufacturer Erema North America has beefed up its operations by expanded its headquarters in Ipswich, Mass.

May 20, 2011  

Europe consults public on possible plastic bag ban

The European Commission (EC) is considering a ban of plastic bags as one of several options to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags, and has launched a public consultation to help determine the issue.  

April 19, 2011  

New coalition seeks to increase medical plastics recycling

Eight players in the recycling, waste management and medical parts businesses have banded together to form a technical coalition dedicated to increasing recovery rates for plastic used by the healthcare industry.

March 28, 2011  

Saskatchewan recycling project targets agricultural plastic

The Saskatchewan government is introducing a new one-year $200,000 recycling program for plastic grain bags.

March 10, 2011  

Water bottler opens new closed-loop facility in Ontario

Bottled water producer Ice River Springs has completed converting an industrial building in Shelburne, Ont. into a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant, said to be the first to self-manufacture its own resin and produce plastic…

March 2, 2011  

Recycling assets of Ontario company acquired by Fox Petroleum

Development stage company Fox Petroleum Inc. has bought the recycling assets of Hamilton, Ont.-based Resource Polymers Inc.

February 9, 2011  

India trade group fighting plastic bag bans

An India-based plastics association is fighting back against anti-plastics legislation.

January 27, 2011  

Quebec PET recycler to produce food-grade resin

Joliette, Que.-based PET recycler Plastrec Inc. has announced plans to begin production of food-grade PET resin.

January 9, 2011  

Oceanic garbage patch much smaller than previously reported: study

The size of an area of floating plastic refuse in the northern Pacific Ocean called the called “Great Garbage Patch” has been wildly exaggerated by media reports, according to a new analysis from Oregon State University.

January 5, 2011  

Italy bans plastic bags

As of Jan. 1, Italy became the first European nation to ban nonbiodegradable plastic bags nationwide.

January 3, 2011  

Toronto Mayor will abolish plastic bag tax: reports

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will abolish the city’s five-cent plastic bag fee, according to media reports.

November 15, 2010  

CPIA leads plastics recycling mission to Germany

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) used the recent K 2010 show Dusseldorf, Germany to expose Canadian participants to some of the leading post-use plastic recovery technologies in the world.

October 24, 2010  

New plastics recycling line kicks off in Quebec

An innovative new processing line is set to open at a Quebec recycling facility on October 27.

September 24, 2010  

Plastics recycler fills a big void (September 24, 2010)

Some statistics can put you to sleep. Here’s one that should wake you up: less than 25 per cent of pla…

August 20, 2010  

Plastic debris field in Atlantic Ocean smaller than it should be: study

Researchers have mapped out a previously undefined field of plastic debris floating in the western North Atl…

June 8, 2010  

Alberta to cut plastic bag use by half by 2013

The Alberta government and four of Canada’s major retail associations have reached an agreement that they sa…

May 13, 2010  

Sarnia pilot recycling program called “a success”

A two-stage pilot public spaces program that took place in Sarnia, Ont. during 2009 has been labeled a success…

April 15, 2010  

New (and first) PLA recycler opens shop in U.S.

A company claiming to be the first in the U.S. to exclusively recycle post consumer and post industrial poly…

February 13, 2010  


That font of knowledge known as “Wikipedia” defines plastic recycling as the process of recovering scrap or wa…

February 12, 2010  

SPE gives out environmental awards

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will honor a variety of plastics recyclers during its Global Plas…