McDonald’s new paper straws aren’t recyclable, company admitsby Canadian Plastics
The fast food company switched its straws from plastic to paper in June 2018, but says the new straws are too thick to recycle.
Holiday Inn owner InterContinental hotels ditching plastic mini shampoo bottlesby Canadian Plastics
Hotel company InterContinental Group (IHG), which owns Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton, is eliminating miniature plastic bottles from all of its 843,000 guest rooms across the globe. In a July 30 statement, the British-based company said that it will…
Building schoolrooms from plastic waste in West Africaby Canadian Plastics
Conceptos Plasticos, a Colombian non-profit group, has partnered with UNICEF to collect plastic waste in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire and turn it into modular plastic bricks to build classrooms.
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo are leaving Plastics Industry Associationby Canadian Plastics
Facing mounting pressure over contributions to plastic pollution, the two beverage giants are cutting ties this year with the U.S.-based plastics trade association.
Petro-Canada gets funding for cross-country electric vehicle fast-charging networkby Canadian Plastics
The federal government is awarding Petro-Canada $4.6 million to build 92 electric vehicle fast chargers, with the first completed station being in Stewiacke, N.S.
in its coast-to-coast network.
KFC Canada to phase out plastic straws and bags this yearby Canadian Plastics
By October 2019, plastic straws and plastic bags will no longer be used or provided at any KFC restaurant locations across Canada.
Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitmentby Canadian Plastics
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.
Improving Canada’s plastics recycling rate will take “radical changes”: reportby Canadian Plastics
The report from Deloitte and ChemInfo Services shows that Canada’s plastics manufacturing sector is far larger than its recycling industry.
PET recycler Loop Industries gets $35 million in backing from Canadian billionaireby Canadian Plastics
The buyer of Montreal-based Loop’s stock, Northern Private Capital, is the exclusive investment vehicle of CFFI Ventures, a company wholly owned by billionaire entrepreneur John Risley.
GreenMantra Technologies: Waste not, want notby Canadian Plastics
By transforming post-consumer plastics into value-added polymers and waxes, this Brantford, Ont.-based clean technology company is offering processors a whole new world of specialty materials.
Graham Packaging commits to 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025by Canadian Plastics
The Lancaster, Pa.-based designer and molder of blow molded plastic containers recently signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.
Mexico City passes ban on plastic bags, single-use utensilsby Canadian Plastics
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.
187 countries agree to restrict global plastic waste tradeby Canadian Plastics
Under this new United Nations agreement, any country that wants to send shipments of plastic waste would have to get approval from the prospect recipient country’s government first, giving them the right to refuse the plastic waste.
Small towns on Vancouver Island may be first in B.C. to ban plastic strawsby Canadian Plastics
If passed, the joint bylaw for Tofino and Ucluelet would make it illegal for businesses in the area to dispense plastic drinking straws and plastic straws to customers.
Beverage and beauty product suppliers aim to change PET plastic recyclingby Canadian Plastics
Beverage makers Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe have announced a major partnership with Carbios, a bio-industrial solutions company, and beauty leader L’Oréal aimed at advancing the circular economy.
Thousands sign petition to bring back McDonald’s plastic straws in U.K.by Canadian Plastics
A petition on the survey site 38 Degrees urges the restaurant chain to return to plastic straws.
Emterra Group named one of Canada’s Greenest Employersby Canadian Plastics
For the fourth year in a row, the Burlington, Ont.-based waste management firm has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.
Vancouver may delay plastic straw ban until 2020by Canadian Plastics
City staff say they need more time to consult with businesses and persons with disabilities before enacting the ban.
German EU candidate proposes global ban on single-use plasticsby Canadian Plastics
Banning single-use plastics in the EU “is not enough” says Manfred Weber, Germany’s conservative candidate for the upcoming EU parliamentary elections.
98% of European plastics production covered by Operation Clean Sweepby Canadian Plastics
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.