June 12-13, Machinex and the Carton Council of Canada invited Recycling Product News to Quebec. The first stop was a tour of the Machinex manufacturing facility and HQ in Plessisville, about 2 hours East of Montreal. Secondly, the Carton Council of Canada and Machinex hosted customers and press for a tour of Sani-Éco's MRF in Granby, Quebec where Machinex recently installed the company's latest Mach Hyspec optical sorting technology, along with a pair of SamurAI robotic sorting units for handling both cartons and PET/HDPE plastic.
Recent government policy announcements on plastics a step in the right direction, according to CPIA
Latest CCME and Ontario government policy could open window of opportunity for better management of plastic waste in Canada
The CPIA (Canadian Plastics Industry Association) has been working with Canadian Government policy makers, technology developers, industry and academia for over two decades to educate, to inform and to disseminate information on technological advances and sustainable industry practices worldwide. Following years of effort, according to the organization, it appears that governments have opened a window of opportunity to bring this well-informed perspective to government policies toward the management of plastic waste in Canada.
In the span of a few short days, both the CCME (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment) and the Ontario government via the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks have made major policy announcements that include plastics. Highlights can be found below, along with the CPIA's take on impacts and next steps, according to a recently released Member's Alert from the organization.
At their most recent meeting held Nov. 23, CCME released their Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste. The first part of the announcement was an agreement to pursue a policy that recognizes plastics' essential role in the economy while focusing on preventing plastic waste and better managing this resource. The second part of the announcement was an agreement in principle to establish Canada-wide reduction targets for ALL waste (not just plastic waste). Canadians produce 706 kg of waste per person and the goal is to reduce this by 30% to 490 kg/person by 2030 and by 50% to 350 kg/person by 2040. An excerpt from the document is as follows:
"Ministers recognized the importance plastics continue to play in the economy and of supporting innovation for more sustainable solutions and technologies in waste management. Zero plastic waste does not mean eliminating the use of plastic products. Instead, the strategy calls for actions that lead to the prevention of plastic waste, as well as improved collection and cleanup. This would result in greater capacity to recover plastics' value and keep them in the economy and out of our oceans, lakes, including the Great Lakes, and other waterways and the natural environment. Protecting our terrestrial and aquatic environment from plastic pollution is imperative for the health of freshwater ecosystems, and is also important as the water and litter flow directly into oceans."
The plan takes a circular economy approach but focuses on:
• Preventing plastic waste, for example by designing plastic products for longevity and reparability, or reducing demand for disposable plastic items;
• Collecting all plastics, including through clean-up, so they are channeled back into the economy; and
• Recovering value from all plastics using a range of strategies and processes according to a hierarchy of priority.
The recognition of thermal processes to recover energy is an important addition to the treatment options and the movement to overall zero waste aspirational goals and zero plastic waste.
Next Steps: While there is much to like in this document, the CPIA says "we must remain vigilant as the Ministers develop an action plan to reduce waste per capita in general. CPIA will be reaching out to the CCME as soon as possible."
Province of Ontario Announces "Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations - A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan" (Nov. 29, 2018) https://prodenvironmental-regi...
Ontario' Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks - the Hon. Rod Phillips also released "Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations - A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (‘Plan')". The 53-page document is the government's overarching blueprint for environmental policy to address and meet the provinces climate change goals.
The CPIA says the Ontario plan is also significant to our industry as it supports all opportunities to recover the value of resources in the waste stream including plastics. CPIA and the plastics industry have been a proponent of integrated waste management systems and managing waste plastic resources through all 4R's - reduce, reuse, recycle and recovery - to maximize the benefits of plastics in a Circular Economy (CE) and Sustainable Material Management (SSM) lifecycle framework (https://www.epa.gov/smm).
This plan is also a first in Ontario waste resources management history to officially recognize the important role of chemical recycling and thermal treatment - along with reduction, reuse and recycling - in ensuring that the valuable resources in the waste stream do not end up in landfills. The plan
• Increased recycling and new projects or technologies that recover the value of waste (such as hard-to-recycle materials);
• Cutting regulatory red tape and modernizing environmental approvals to support sustainable end markets for waste and new waste processing infrastructure;
• And (most importantly for plastics) support for sustainable end markets to recycle more materials and plastics.
According to the CPIA, it will be critical if the plastic industry is to meet our sustainability goals of 100% of plastics packaging is re-used, recycled or recovered by 2040, our industry will have to focus on increasing recycled content in products and packaging with our industry partners across the whole value chain and where no options exist, like the CCME announcement, recovering energy from waste plastics resources will be examined.
CPIA will comment on the Plan now posted to the Environmental Registry (EBR) website https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/... , for a 60-day public consultation period (i.e. January 28, 2019).
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One of world’s largest bottle-to-bottle recyclers tackles ocean plastic pollution with ocean-diverted material
As part of its closed-loop philosophy, CarbonLITE Industries, one of the world's largest recyclers and producers of post-consumer PET (polyethylene terephthalate plastic) is launching a new category: 100% post-consumer ocean-diverted plastic. CarbonLITE's newest offering will replace virgin materials for food, beverage, and cosmetic applications. These products will have the dual benefit of reducing ocean plastics and the amount of virgin material produced.
Two Ontario municipalities launch residential polystyrene recycling thanks to municipal/industry partnership
Polystyrene foam recycling has returned to the Towns of Brockton and Hanover, as of the end of May 2019. The Chair of Brockton's Environmental Advisory Committee, Bruce Davidson, anticipates that residents have been saving foam packaging for a while in the hopes that recycling opportunities would resume.
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Acknowledging the worldwide environmental devastation and health problems wrought by plastic and non-recycled trash, both houses of the California State Legislature have now approved identical first-of-their-kind measures to dramatically reduce plastic and packaging waste and jumpstart the in-state clean recycling economy.
In reaction to the federal government's announcement today about a move towards banning single-use plastics and rolling out Extended Producer Responsibility programs, Sarah King, Greenpeace Canada's Head of Oceans & Plastics Campaign said:
Plastic pollution is a serious global threat to the environment and economy. This week's announcement that Canada will ban single-use plastics, make companies responsible for plastic waste, and invest to grow recycling across the country, is a comprehensive approach to address plastic pollution across the country.
ByFusion recycles 100 of plastic waste into building material, creating structures in LA and Kauai for World Oceans Day
ByFusion has unveiled a solution to the plastic waste crisis to celebrate World Oceans Day, held June 8. The ByFusion Blocker converts 100 percent of plastic waste into an advanced building material called ByBlock, diverting it from landfills and the environment. The Blocker can process any type of plastic without needing to clean, sort, or process it first, using steam and compression to reshape it into a product that is the same size of a common cinder-block but does not crack or crumble.
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May 30th was a "remarkable day in the history of recycling in Brockton and Hanover", according to the Chair of Brockton's Environmental Advisory Committee, Bruce Davidson, who performed the master of ceremony duties at an event to announce that polystyrene (plastic foam) recycling is returning to Brockton and Hanover municipal recycling programs.
New upcycled compounds from Sabic to extend useful life of PET bottles and help reduce plastic waste
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Aaron Industries launches high melt flow recycled PP featuring Milliken DeltaMax performance modifier
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PlasticActionCentre.ca is Canada’s first national resource for knowledge and action on plastic waste
Canada understands the consequences of plastic waste and is fully engaged like never before: governments at all levels are initiating new policies; organizations are improving business models; and individuals are eager to learn more. To fully engage on this pressing environmental issue Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), with funding from Walmart Canada, has launched the Plastic Action Centre, the first national resource that offers a full view of plastic waste in every corner of the country.
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Machinex attended the official ceremony this week marking the major upgrade of the Sani-Éco material recovery facility located in Granby, Province of Quebec, Canada. The owners of the recycling management company reiterated their trust in Machinex, which provided them their sorting center more than 18 years ago. This modernization will allow an increase of their current sorting capacity in addition to bringing a direct improvement to the quality of the fibers produced.
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RePower South (RPS) has begun processing material at the company's new recycling and recovery facility in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The recycling system, provided by Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), is one of the most advanced in the world. The highly automated system is capable of processing more than 50-tons-per-hour (tph) of mixed waste to recover recyclables and produce a fuel feedstock.
MORE, the single, unified digital platform to monitor the uptake of recycled polymers into products, is available to be used by converters since the 25th of April 2019. This new IT platform was developed by EuPC in cooperation with its members, and in support to the European Commission's EU Plastics Strategy. It's objective is to monitor and register the plastics converting industry's efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers used annually between 2025 and 2030.