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Plastic does not belong in landfills or the environment, it belongs in the economy.

A Waste Free Circular Economy

Businesses that produce and use plastic are committed to developing a waste free circular economy of plastics, where we receive the maximum value of every piece of plastic through recycling and recovery. They are leading this development through improved product designs, innovative recycling, and, importantly, collaboration with all levels of governments.
 

A waste free circular economy for plastics is possible, and we can get
there quickly with smart solutions that get the most value out of every piece
of plastic.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Underscoring their commitment to a future without plastic waste, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada and its members have set two ambitious but attainable goals: 100% of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040 and 100% of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.

 

 

To achieve these goals, we need to make changes to our technologies and infrastructure. Today in Canada, 86% of post-consumer plastics end up in landfills. This happens for a few different reasons.

  • Sorting recyclables in different localities is sometimes inadequate due to lack of infrastructure to collect and process items in order to be recycled and recovered.
     

  • On top of this, recycling programs vary from one community to another making it difficult for residents to know what can actually be recycled.
     

  • Without a consistent and scalable approach to recycling it is difficult to establish sufficient market links between recycled materials producers and the industries that can use them, such as the automobile, agriculture, or health care sectors.

Understanding the Solutions

Smart and innovative solutions—focused recycling, reusing, and recovering plastics—will allow us to limit what we put in landfills, while increasing the economic life of everyday post-consumer plastics.

These solutions are not in a distant future—many are already happening today. We have seen the expansion of curbside pick-up of all plastics, the use of advanced recycling technologies and new products manufactured with recycled plastics. The plastics industry continues to lead the charge, but requires government leadership and support to further establish Canada at the vanguard in developing a waste free, circular economy.

Supporting Innovation
and Infrastructure

Advancements and expansions in our recycling infrastructure will enable Canada to recover value from all used plastics.

Plastic Producers Leading the Way

There are more opportunities to repurpose plastics when we apply simplified and streamlined recovery processes. In some provinces, plastic producers fund these initiatives—a model that would benefit other areas of the country.

Supporting Innovation
and Infrastructure

Advancements and expansions in our recycling infrastructure will enable Canada to recover value from all used plastics.

Supporting Innovation
and Infrastructure

Advancements and expansions in our recycling infrastructure will enable Canada to recover value from all used plastics.

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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