Worker dies in Alberta plastics recycling accident
Provincial safety officials are investigating the death of a worker at a central Alberta plastics recycling plant.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
Par-Pak making Canadian, international expansions
Rigid food packaging producer Par-Pak Ltd. is beefing up operations at its three manufacturing sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Erema expands Massachusetts headquarters
Plastics recycling systems manufacturer Erema North America has beefed up its operations by expanded its headquarters in Ipswich, Mass.
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.
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.
Saskatchewan recycling project targets agricultural plastic
The Saskatchewan government is introducing a new one-year $200,000 recycling program for plastic grain bags.
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…
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.
India trade group fighting plastic bag bans
An India-based plastics association is fighting back against anti-plastics legislation.
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.
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.
Italy bans plastic bags
As of Jan. 1, Italy became the first European nation to ban nonbiodegradable plastic bags nationwide.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
PLASTICS RECYCLING: NOW MORE THAN EVER
That font of knowledge known as “Wikipedia” defines plastic recycling as the process of recovering scrap or wa…
SPE gives out environmental awards
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will honor a variety of plastics recyclers during its Global Plas…