Across Canada, the plastics industry is working with governments to develop a range of recycling solutions to transform plastic waste into new products. From plastic lumber to coffee makers, all plastic will have a new life, contributing to a more circular economy in Canada. Getting Plastics Right recently launched its interactive map which showcases these facilities and highlights innovative projects from companies around the country.
The plastics industry has invested in advanced solutions and facilities to improve the recycling and recovery of plastics – which ensure that all plastics stay in the economy and out of the environment.
Facility locations reflect the reality of Canada’s population hubs, which huddle next to the U.S. border. A few projects highlighted on the map include:
· Pyrowave’s patented high-power microwave catalytic depolymerization technology is the most advanced worldwide and is now at the forefront of the new generation of plastics. By bringing plastics back to their molecular state identical to virgin materials, Pyrowave technology allows infinite recycling of polystyrene plastics. In 2020, Pyrowave and the Michelin Group joined forces to industrialize an innovative plastic waste technology that will increase the rate of sustainable materials for Michelin tires and other industries.
· Inter Pipeline, a world-scale energy infrastructure company that is building the Heartland Petrochemical Complex, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology have partnered on a $10 million multi-year collaboration for applied research projects on plastic waste. Two initial projects are underway: identifying and monitoring microplastics in water and testing recycled plastics in asphalt in Alberta’s climate.
· In February 2020, BASF partnered with Deloitte to launch a pilot program in British Columbia called reciChain, a blockchain-enabled platform that aims to prove circularity as feasible, cost-effective, and enabled through continuous recycling. This program supports plastics reuse and circularity by tracking the movement of consumer products using digital tracker technology. Vancouver’s strong recycling infrastructure made it a lucrative pilot location.
We need smart solutions that focus on recycling and recovering plastics to eliminate plastic waste, and we encourage all levels of government to continue working with industry to support these innovative solutions and help foster new ones.
Ongoing research, advances in technology, and a dedicated goal to improve package design, provide a promising future where we can achieve our vision of a circular economy for plastics.