Toronto researchers turn waste cooking oil from McDonald’s into high-end 3D printing resinby Canadian Plastics
Using waste cooking oil has significant potential, the researchers say: it’s cheaper to make and the plastics made from it can break down naturally compared to conventional 3D printing resins.
“Superworms” that eat polystyrene might help plastic pollution problemby Canadian Plastics
Researchers in Beijing have discovered that scavenger worms will eat Styrofoam, which is one of the most difficult plastic materials to biodegrade.
Good Natured Products buys Shepherd Thermoforming & Packagingby Canadian Plastics
The $9.5 million acquisition includes all of Shepherd Thermoforming’s assets, including machinery, molds, and a 42,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Brampton, Ont.
Lloyd’s Register joins 3R anti-plastic waste initiativeby Canadian Plastics
The 3R initiative brings together food businesses, industry experts, and NGOs to develop, test and implement three solutions designed to recover, reduce, and recycle plastic waste more effectively.
New Jersey legislators vote to ban single-use plastic bagsby Canadian Plastics
But the legislation still needs the New Jersey state Assembly to pass its own version of the law and have Democrat governor Philip Murphy sign it before it’s enacted.
Clariant partners with Montreal firm to convert ocean-bound plastics into flame retardantsby Canadian Plastics
The collaboration between Clariant and sustainable resin supplier Lavergne is developing flame-retardant polyester compounds targeted to electric and electronic applications such as laptop parts.
Restaurant giant Yum Brands to phase out EPS packaging by 2022by Canadian Plastics
After being lobbied by a non-profit organization, Yum Brands – which owns the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken global restaurant chains – has also committed to making all of its packaging fully compostable or reusable by 2025.
Quebec unveils recycling program that targets producersby Canadian Plastics
Under the new plan, producers of containers, packaging, and printed matter – including plastics – will be responsible for a product throughout its entire life cycle. They will be in charge of the recovery, sorting, packaging, and recycling of their products.
Canadian government awards $3 million to three firms to cut plastic food, construction wasteby Canadian Plastics
The three companies are Montreal-based research and development firm Axipolymer Inc., Brantford, Ont.-based clean technology supplier GreenMantra Technologies, and Calgary-based construction technologies supplier MgO Systems.
Bill targets single-use plastics in U.S.by Canadian Plastics
Federal Democrat lawmakers in the U.S. have introduced a bill that seeks to ban many single-use plastics items and also make companies responsible for plastic waste.
U.S. plastic bag manufacturers want 95 per cent of plastic retail bags to be reused or recycled by 2025by Canadian Plastics
The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, which made the pledge, also wants all bags to have 25 per cent recycled content by 2025.
Canada’s first contact lens recycling program kicks offby Canadian Plastics
Created by eye care specialist Bausch + Lomb and recycler TerraCycle, contact lens wearers can now recycle their lenses and blister packs.
Unbottled potential: Nova Scotia beach house made from 620,000 recycled PET bottlesby Canadian Plastics
Built by construction company JD Composites, the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home has opened up a new way of turning plastic waste into eco-friendly housing.
Dow to start using recycled plastics from waste specialist Avangard Innovativeby Canadian Plastics
The chemical maker will combine its virgin polyethylene resins with Avangard’s pellets made from post-consumer resin plastic film.
Starbucks plans to move away from single-use packagingby Canadian Plastics
In a public letter from its CEO, the coffee chain said it wants to shift away from single-use packaging to reusable cups and utensils.
China moves to phase out single-use plasticsby Canadian Plastics
A new directive from the National Development and Reform Commission and the Environment Ministry outlines how Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30 per cent in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.
Nestlé pledges to spend billions on recycled packagingby Canadian Plastics
The food and beverage giant, which packages most of its food and bottles with plastic, wants to cut its use of virgin plastics by one-third by 2025.
Berry Plastics to expand its capacity for sustainable, breathable films in North Americaby Canadian Plastics
The Indiana-based rigid and flexible packaging supplier will invest US$20 million to expand its hygiene, healthcare, and specialty films platform.
Ford and McDonald’s collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car partsby Canadian Plastics
Drawing on Canadian research, the companies are giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using coffee chaff in vehicle parts such as headlamp housings.
Mattel aims for 100 per cent recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic by 2030by Canadian Plastics
The toy maker said it will start by debuting an environmentally sustainable version of its famous Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack baby toy by June 2020.