Canadian Plastics


March 17, 2020  

Good Natured Products buys Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging

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.

March 16, 2020  

Lloyd’s Register joins 3R anti-plastic waste initiative

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.

March 15, 2020  

New Jersey legislators vote to ban single-use plastic bags

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.  

March 13, 2020  

Clariant partners with Montreal firm to convert ocean-bound plastics into flame retardants

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.

February 27, 2020  

Restaurant giant Yum Brands to phase out EPS packaging by 2022

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.

February 24, 2020  

Quebec unveils recycling program that targets producers

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.

February 14, 2020  

Canadian government awards $3 million to three firms to cut plastic food, construction waste

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.

February 11, 2020  

Bill targets single-use plastics in U.S.

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.

January 30, 2020  

U.S. plastic bag manufacturers want 95 per cent of plastic retail bags to be reused or recycled by 2025

The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, which made the pledge, also wants all bags to have 25 per cent recycled content by 2025.

January 30, 2020  

Canada’s first contact lens recycling program kicks off

Created by eye care specialist Bausch + Lomb and recycler TerraCycle, contact lens wearers can now recycle their lenses and blister packs.

January 26, 2020  

Unbottled potential: Nova Scotia beach house made from 620,000 recycled PET bottles

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.

January 24, 2020  

Dow to start using recycled plastics from waste specialist Avangard Innovative

The chemical maker will combine its virgin polyethylene resins with Avangard’s pellets made from post-consumer resin plastic film.

January 22, 2020  

Starbucks plans to move away from single-use packaging

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.

January 20, 2020  

China moves to phase out single-use 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.

January 17, 2020  

Nestlé pledges to spend billions on recycled packaging

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.

January 17, 2020  

Berry Plastics to expand its capacity for sustainable, breathable films in North America

The Indiana-based rigid and flexible packaging supplier will invest US$20 million to expand its hygiene, healthcare, and specialty films platform.

January 8, 2020  

Ford and McDonald’s collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car parts

Drawing on Canadian research, the companies are giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using coffee chaff in vehicle parts such as headlamp housings.

December 19, 2019  

Mattel aims for 100 per cent recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic by 2030

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.

November 26, 2019  

U.S. recycled less plastic in 2017, EPA says

The U.S. plastics recycling rate fell to its lowest level in half a decade, according to new figures from the agency.

November 15, 2019  

Project STOP wins oil and gas industry award

Co-founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ in 2017, the Project STOP initiative partners with cities to stop plastic waste leaking into the ocean.