August 8, 2019 News

McDonald’s new paper straws aren’t recyclable, company admits

by 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.

July 31, 2019 News

Holiday Inn owner InterContinental hotels ditching plastic mini shampoo bottles

by 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

July 30, 2019 Feature

Building schoolrooms from plastic waste in West Africa

by 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.

July 26, 2019 News

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo are leaving Plastics Industry Association

by 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.

July 17, 2019 News

Petro-Canada gets funding for cross-country electric vehicle fast-charging network

by 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.

July 16, 2019 News

KFC Canada to phase out plastic straws and bags this year

by Canadian Plastics

By October 2019, plastic straws and plastic bags will no longer be used or provided at any KFC restaurant locations across Canada.

July 13, 2019 News

Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

by 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.

June 7, 2019 News

Improving Canada’s plastics recycling rate will take “radical changes”: report

by Canadian Plastics

The report from Deloitte and ChemInfo Services shows that Canada’s plastics manufacturing sector is far larger than its recycling industry.

June 3, 2019 News

PET recycler Loop Industries gets $35 million in backing from Canadian billionaire

by 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.

May 28, 2019 Feature

GreenMantra Technologies: Waste not, want not

by 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.

May 22, 2019 News

Graham Packaging commits to 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025

by 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.

May 14, 2019 News

Mexico City passes ban on plastic bags, single-use utensils

by 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.

May 11, 2019 News

187 countries agree to restrict global plastic waste trade

by 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.

May 6, 2019 News

Small towns on Vancouver Island may be first in B.C. to ban plastic straws

by 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.

April 29, 2019 News

Beverage and beauty product suppliers aim to change PET plastic recycling

by 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.

April 25, 2019 News

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.

April 24, 2019 News

Emterra Group named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

by 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.

April 22, 2019 News

Vancouver may delay plastic straw ban until 2020

by Canadian Plastics

City staff say they need more time to consult with businesses and persons with disabilities before enacting the ban.

April 21, 2019 News

German EU candidate proposes global ban on single-use plastics

by 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.

March 26, 2019 News

98% of European plastics production covered by Operation Clean Sweep

by 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.