Luis Sierra, President and CEO of NOVA Chemicals Corporation
Toronto Sun, 12/7/20

“Instead of banning specific products, governments at all levels must continue collaborating with businesses, scientists and industry to create innovative solutions that will deliver a waste-free future to Canada…Business can catalyze this change, and NOVA Chemicals is eager to help find science-based solutions.”

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Maryscott Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council
Lena Trudeau,  CEO of U.Group, Member of the Board of the CABC 

iPolitics, 12/1/20

“To be clear: CABC supports regulatory harmonization. We also strongly support the goal of reducing plastic waste in the environment. That said, we are concerned with the blunt-instrument approach of defining all plastic as toxic under the CEPA as a tool to assert federal jurisdiction.”

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David Clement, North American Affairs Manager with the Consumer Choice Center
Toronto Sun, 11/10/20

“While it’s not necessarily clear what will be banned next, it’s certainly clear who will be bearing the financial burden of using plastic alternatives: consumers. Product bans require businesses to incur new costs for alternative products, and those costs are always passed on to consumers through higher prices.”

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Jon Timbers is the Director of Innovation and Sustainability at AmSty. Ricardo Cuetos is the Vice President Standard Products Americas at INEOS Styrolution America LLC
National Observer, 11/16/20

“The plastics industry, including INEOS Styrolution and AmSty, has been working towards a better future for many years, and is dedicated, now more than ever, to introducing new infrastructure and innovative partnerships to increase the recovery, reuse, and recycling of plastic products. Canada’s government should support these efforts, not fight them.” 

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Tony Radoszewski, CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
Houston Chronicle, 11/20/20

“First things first. Plastics are not toxic. Just take a look around the Texas Medical Center for proof. You'll find plastic jars and syringes, plastic instruments and gowns, plastic gauze and plastic packaging."

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Barry Friesen, Executive Director of Cleanfarms.
Manitoba Cooperator, 11/11/20

“Collaboration between government and industry is an important key to these effective waste management programs and I’m proud to work in an industry that offers opportunities for this industry to contribute to ag plastics producer responsibility programs, and innovate advanced recycling technologies.”

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Bob Masterson, President and CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.
Hill Times, 10/26/20

“Innovation and co-operation are a powerful duo. In Canada, we’re at our best when governments and businesses are working together to develop innovative solutions to address society’s most hard-to-tackle challenges.”

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Christina Seidel, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta and Co-Chair for the Plastics Alliance of Alberta.
Edmonton Journal, 9/25/20

“The Recycling Council of Alberta estimates that implementing an EPR program for packaging and paper products would save Alberta municipalities more than an estimated $100 million annually. The savings would only grow from there as we expand EPR programs to cover additional material streams.”

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Tammy Schwass is the Executive Director of the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association.
Edmonton Journal, 9/16/20

“Alberta, the centre of Canada’s chemicals and plastics industry, can lead the way to eliminate plastic waste from the environment and ensure that plastic remains a valuable resource. In 2015, the plastics industry was one of the province’s largest with total revenues of $6.3 billion, employing 6,500 people and accounting for 9.4 per cent of manufacturing revenues.” 

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Ron Lemaire, President of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.
Toronto Star, 9/14/20

“Without effective food packaging, we are quite literally throwing money away; research indicates that, without adequate packaging, 16 to 32 per cent of the food that is currently sold in packaging will be lost or wasted. This equates to a 10 to 20 per cent loss in total available product, which is valued between $2.5 and $5 billion per year in wholesale prices.” 

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Bob Masterson, President and CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.
Red Deer Advocate, 8/20/20

“As the fundamental building blocks of the modern world, chemistry solutions and plastics will continue to play a vital role as we build the post-pandemic economy. As we re-imagine transportation systems, indoor environments, workplaces and emergency preparedness protocols, the goods of chemistry will be front and centre.”

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About Us

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada’s (CIAC) Plastics Division speaks for plastic manufacturers in Canada. Representing a $28 billion industry, and accounting for over 93,000 jobs, we advocate on behalf of the Canadian plastics value-chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors, converters, recyclers, and brand owners.

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