Canadian Plastics


April 22, 2019  

Vancouver may delay plastic straw ban until 2020

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

April 21, 2019  

German EU candidate proposes global ban on single-use 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  

98% of European plastics production covered by Operation Clean Sweep

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.

March 19, 2019  

Engel signs plastics economy global commitment

The injection molding machine maker has become one of the first machinery suppliers to sign onto the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

March 18, 2019  

Newfoundland and Labrador seeking public input on possible plastic bag ban

The province has established a survey asking residents and others about their opinions on the possibility of banning single-use retail plastic bags.

March 9, 2019  

Ontario government weighs ban on single-use plastics

In a new discussion paper, the Province is asking the public for input on how to reduce litter and waste.

January 24, 2019  

Walmart Canada announces new plastic waste reduction plan

The retail giant has released a new Charter on Plastics, which it says builds on its 2016 commitment to have 100 per cent recyclable private brand packaging by 2025.

January 16, 2019  

Industry group commits $1 billion to end plastic waste

Composed of more than two dozen companies – including some of the world’s largest chemical suppliers – the new Alliance to End Plastic Waste wants to increase its total to $1.5 billion to work on the problem during the next five years.

January 3, 2019  

Flexible packager TC Transcontinental improves air quality with oxidizer

A new regenerative thermal oxider installed by Ship & Shore Environmental reduces emissions at the company’s Richmond, B.C. plant by more than 90 per cent.

December 12, 2018  

Contest winner’s idea to ban single-use plastics will become private member’s bill in Ottawa

Ben Korving is the winner of the Create Your Canada contest, which allows people to submit ideas for new laws – and his idea was to reduce single-use plastics in food packaging.

November 7, 2018  

Clariant partners with Neste to replace fossil-based polymers

In the first phase of the partnership, the companies will start replacing fossil-based ethylene and propylene used in Clariant’s hot-melt adhesives with monomers derived from Neste’s renewable feedstock.

November 1, 2018  

LCY Chemical buys assets of Montreal’s BioAmber Inc.

The purchase was made by LCY’s green sciences division, LCY Biotechnology, and includes BioAmber’s shuttered plant Sarnia, Ont.

October 24, 2018  

EMMIE LEUNG: CPIA’s Leader of the Year

From bag lady to leading lady: Emmie Leung has risen from driving a rented van for her one-woman curbside recycling company to being the CEO of Emterra Group.

September 9, 2018  

United Airlines ditches plastic straws, cocktail picks

Beginning in early November, United – the third-largest commercial airline in the U.S. – will replace disposable plastic drink stirrers that double as straws and picks with bamboo versions in all of its cabins.

August 29, 2018  

Nova Chemicals investing $2 million to reduce plastic debris in oceans

The investment supports Project Stop, a new global initiative to design and implement solutions to reduce marine plastic pollution especially in countries with high leakage of plastics into our oceans.

August 15, 2018  

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

According to estimates, New Zealand currently uses over 750 million single-use plastic bags per year, which is equivalent to about 150 per person.

August 15, 2018  

Chile bans businesses from using plastic bags

As of August 3, large businesses have six months to phase out the use of plastic bags, while smaller ones will be given two years to adopt the new rules.

August 12, 2018  

France to penalize use of non-recycled plastic

As part of pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic.

August 1, 2018  

Montreal-based sustainable chemicals maker BioAmber plans to liquidate

BioAmber filed for bankruptcy in early May, and has been unable to find a buyer for its assets since then.

July 26, 2018  

Walt Disney Co. plans to eliminate plastic straws by mid-2019

The company also said that it plans to transition to using refillable in-room amenities in its hotels and on its cruise ships over the next few years; and that it will be reducing the number of plastic shopping bags in its parks as well as on its cruise line.

July 17, 2018  

Adidas plans to use only recycled plastic by 2024

Adidas currently uses virgin polyester in a wide range of its products, from t-shirts to running shoes.

July 16, 2018  

Starbucks proposed plastic straw ban draws fire from disability rights groups

Starbucks announced on July 9 that it would phase out plastic straws from its stores by 2020. In the past few days, however, several U.S.-based groups have protested the policy, saying it will exclude some people with disabilities.

May 30, 2018  

EU plastics industry criticizes proposal to ban single-use plastics

The European Plastics Converters association and the European Bioplastics trade association are both speaking out against the EU’s proposed ban.

May 28, 2018  

EU proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery

The draft rules would ban the 10 single-use plastic products said to make up 70 per cent of all marine litter, including plastic cotton swabs, plates, and swizzle sticks.

April 23, 2018  

Britain considers banning plastic straws, wants Canada to do the same

The United Kingdom wants to take action to ban plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, and is urging other Commonwealth nations – including Canada – to follow suit.

March 6, 2018  

Lego to use bio-based plastics in its toy blocks

Toy construction block maker Lego is replacing ABS with sugar cane-based polyethylene in part of the toy sets it manufactures.

January 24, 2018  

Coca-Cola aims for 50 per cent recycled content by 2030

The Atlanta-based beverage giant wants its plastic bottles contain an average of 50 per cent recycled content by 2030.

January 24, 2018  

Amcor to make its packaging range fully-recyclable by 2025

In a statement, Amcor said it will collaborate with customers, suppliers, governments and NGOs in order to develop and provide new eco-friendly packaging solutions.

November 30, 2017  

Husky installs energy storage system to cut power costs

Designed and constructed for Husky by Convergent Energy + Power, the GridStar lithium-ion battery system can reduce electricity costs on the load by 15-30 per cent per year, starting in 2018.

October 10, 2017  

Recycling associations create global partnership to harmonize testing

Called the Global Plastics Outreach Alliance, the coalition is designed to harmonize global testing protocols related to plastics recycling.

April 19, 2017  

Canada’s plastic recycling rate continues to rise

The amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across

November 12, 2016  

CPIA stages annual Shoreline Cleanup

Held on October 18, the effort involved cleaning up litter along a portion of the Etobicoke Creek in Mississauga, Ont.