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Greenpeace supports NDP’s call to feds on single-use plastics ban

"The NDP has proposed the sort of bold action that is required to reduce plastic pollution at the source. This is a powerful statement with a clear vision that recognizes the danger of plastic pollution both to our environment and to our health and sets out real measures to eliminate single-use plastics at the source."
"The NDP has proposed the sort of bold action that is required to reduce plastic pollution at the source. This is a powerful statement with a clear vision that recognizes the danger of plastic pollution both to our environment and to our health and sets out real measures to eliminate single-use plastics at the source."

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In response to the NDP's Waste Reduction Strategy announcement today calling for a ban of single-use plastics across Canada by 2022, a commitment for plastic packaging reduction targets, and strong, enforceable Extended Producer Responsibility legislation that holds companies accountable, Sarah King, Head of Greenpeace Canada's Oceans & Plastics Campaign, said:

"The NDP has proposed the sort of bold action that is required to reduce plastic pollution at the source. This is a powerful statement with a clear vision that recognizes the danger of plastic pollution both to our environment and to our health and sets out real measures to eliminate single-use plastics at the source. Greenpeace and thousands of Canadians strongly support the NDP's call to the federal government to ban various problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics by 2022."

In its announcement, the NDP acknowledges that recycling alone would never be enough to solve the plastic pollution crisis, and that Canada must move away from single-use plastics. Greenpeace is calling on Minister McKenna to incorporate these measures into Canada's National Zero Plastic Waste Strategy and to listen to the growing movement of people across Canada who want urgent action to combat the massive plastic waste and pollution crisis in Canada and around the world.

"McKenna's current waste reduction approach totally ignores the role that bans must play in tackling this global crisis. Plastics production is forecast to double over the next 20 years. The Liberal's focus on increased recycling and continued use of plastic products fails to recognize that there is simply too much plastic that has been produced and that continues to be churned out. It's time for the Liberal government to follow the leadership of other national governments, and now the NDP, and adopt a strong national plastic strategy that was promised to Canadians, before the next election campaign swamps us with new promises," added King. 

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​Republic Services' new Texas MRF putting community education at the forefront

Republic Services is tackling head-on the crisis of overly contaminated waste streams in today's MRFs. With current residential contamination levels reaching as high as 30% or more, it is critical that processors send a clear message to the community about what is accepted in the recycling program, while also employing the most advanced, flexible technology on the market to separate this evolving stream.

Editor in the field: From the factory floor to the MRF – in Quebec

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. 

Mondi introduces recyclable packaging film for fresh and processed food

Flexible food packaging has traditionally presented brand owners with a choice -- either extract the maximum performance parameters or make it fully recyclable. Achieving both goals at once has been almost impossible... until now, according to Mondi, a global leader in sustainable paper and packaging solutions. The company has created a recyclable polypropylene film that is ideal for the thermoforming of flexible films for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging, which is known for its ability to extend the shelf life of products such as meat and cheese.

California Product Stewardship Council lauds Canadian government initiative on plastics

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) shared the above video and the New York Times article below with their members and stakeholders this week, stating: "We wanted to share with you a short yet powerful video and article about the Canadian Prime Minister's announcement that they are taking on plastics, will push forward with Enhanced Producer Responsibility for all plastics, and will put a single-use plastic ban in place by 2021.  We are energized by this video and, with your support, will continue to push California forward as part of this movement.  The time is now!"

​Eco-Products becomes APR Recycling Demand Champion

Eco-Products has announced that it is increasing its use of post-consumer recycled plastic and has become an "APR Recycling Demand Champion." The designation is part of a campaign -- launched by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in 2017 - to expand market demand for recycled resins and improve recycling in North America. Without companies committing to use post-consumer content in products and packaging, the recycling industry can face challenges in making the economics work. APR Demand Champions are "forward-thinking, proactive organizations (that) are playing a prominent role in expanding the market for mixed residential plastics," according to the APR website

​Provincial waste reduction organizations support Canadian plan to reduce plastic waste

Four of Canada's major provincial waste reduction and recycling organizations (Recycling Council of BC, Recycling Council of Alberta, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and Recycling Council of Ontario) have announced their official support for the Government of Canada's announcement regarding plans to reduce Canada's plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives.

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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California assembly approves ambitious measure to cut packaging and plastic waste by 75 percent

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.

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.

Canada's chemistry and plastics industries making strides to tackle plastic waste

In celebration of Environment Week in Canada (during the week of June 5th annually) the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) highlighted the important headway their members are making in tackling the global challenge of plastic waste in the environment.

Federal government called on to take immediate action on plastic waste

Twelve leading ocean conservancy and environmental groups have requested that Canada's environment and health ministers take immediate regulatory action on plastic waste and pollution, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999,and call on the Government of Canada to add any plastic generated as a waste, or discharged from the use or disposal of products or packaging, to the Schedule 1 List of Toxic Substances under CEPA. 

Mondi accelerates efforts to create flexible packaging from post-consumer recycled plastic

Mondi Group, a global leader in packaging and paper, led Project Proof, a Pioneer Project facilitated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF). The project has created a proof-of-concept prototype flexible plastic pouch incorporating a minimum of 20% post-consumer plastic waste originating from mixed household waste. The pouch is suitable for packaging household products such as detergent. 

Area Recycling MRF upgrade complete

After a two-month construction and installation period, Area Recycling launched its new state of the art material recovery system this week. The facility expansion and equipment upgrade represents a $3.5 million dollar business investment for PDC, Area Recycling's parent company, based out of Illinois.

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Polystyrene foam recycling returns to Ontario communities thanks to multi-sector partnership

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

SABIC recently introduced its LNP ELCRIN iQ portfolio of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounded resins derived from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), designed to support the circular economy and help reduce plastic waste. By chemically upcycling consumer-discarded PET (primarily single-use water bottles) into higher-value PBT materials with enhanced properties and suitability for more-durable applications, the company says they are encouraging the use of recycled resins. These products also offer a smaller cradle-to-gate environmental footprint than virgin PBT resin, as measured by Cumulative Energy Demand (CED) and Global Warming Potential (GWP).

Aaron Industries launches high melt flow recycled PP featuring Milliken DeltaMax performance modifier

Aaron Industries Corp., a specialist in recycled plastic innovation, announced at the Plastics Recycling World Expo in May the launch of JET- FLO Polypro, its new high melt flow recycled polypropylene (PP) compound. JET-FLO Polypro, which features DeltaMax Performance Modifier from Milliken & Company, is among the first recycled PP materials to combine two properties that are normally mutually exclusive: extremely high melt flow index (MFI of 50-70 g/10 min.) and good impact performance (Notched Izod of 1.5-2.0), according to Aaron Industries. High MFI and good impact strength make JET-FLO Polypro an excellent choice for economical, highly durable thin-wall parts, such as housewares. By adding significant value to recycled PP, Aaron Industries says they are helping to encourage broader use of sustainable alternatives to virgin PP resin.

Toro and Revolution’s new Drip Tape Recycling Service to boost agriculture industry recycling in California

The Toro Company is pleased to announce a new exclusive drip tape recycling service available in California. The on-farm pick-up service is now available to all Toro growers with qualifying Toro drip tape purchases. According to Toro, the service is a result of the company's ongoing commitment to help farmers maximize production with efficient, sustainable drip irrigation practices. 

Latest study on plastics misses the mark according to industry associations

The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has released a report called "Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet," which looks at plastics production and greenhouse gas emissions. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) responded with the following statement, attributed to Steve Russell, vice president of ACC's Plastics Division:

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.

Canadian Government unveils support for innovations to reduce plastic waste

The government of Canada is working with Canadians across the country to protect its land and water from plastic waste. Not only is plastic pollution harmful to the environment, but the disposal of plastics is a waste of a valuable resource. This is why the Government of Canada is partnering with Canadian businesses to develop innovative solutions to keep plastics in the economy and out of landfills and the environment.

EOW blockchain technology to help Momentum Recycling increase glass recycling rates

End of Waste Foundation Inc. has formed its first partnership with Momentum Recycling, a glass recycling company located in Colorado and Utah. With their common goals of creating a zero waste, circular economy, Momentum is implementing End of Waste's traceability software based on blockchain technology. The EOW Blockchain Waste Traceability Software can track glass waste quantities from bin to new life. (Hauler → MRF →glass processor → manufacturer.) This software ensures quantities are recycled and provides immutable data to increase recycling rates.

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Basel Convention ignores fact that recycling helps the environment, according to ISRI

The Basel Convention Conference of Parties have adopted amendments to the Convention that will impair the trade of recyclable plastics. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), this effort, intended to be an international response to plastic pollution in marine environments, in reality will hamper the world's ability to recycle plastic material, creating an increased risk of pollution. 

U.S. consumers redeemed billions of UBCs through TOMRA reverse vending machines in 2018

According to TOMRA of North America, U.S. consumers redeemed billions of used beverage containers though the company's reverse vending machines (RVMs) in 2018, with more than 2 billion redeemed in the Northeast alone. RVMs collect beverage containers for recycling and prevent them from entering oceans and landfills.  

City of Lethbridge opens new MRF featuring Machinex sorting system

The City of Lethbridge, Alberta held the grand opening of their new single-stream material recovery facility on May 8. According to Machinex, their sorting system at the facility, commissioned in mid-April, will allow the City to process residential recycling materials generated by a new blue cart program that is currently being set up.

Vecoplan selected by Brightmark Energy for plastics to fuel plant

Vecoplan, LLC, the North Carolina-based manufacturer of shredders and waste recycling equipment, has been awarded a contract to design and build the front-end material processing and preparation system for Brightmark Energy's new plastics-to-fuel plant in Ashley, Indiana. Vecoplan's prep system will incorporate a variety of technologies engineered to deliver feedstock that meets specifications vital to the plant's successful production of transportation fuel. 

Cleanfarms calling for farmers to recycle 100% of plastic ag jugs to mark 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, the crop protection industry in Canada planted the seeds of a voluntary stewardship program in Prairie communities to collect empty agricultural plastic jugs for recycling. The idea took root and since then, Cleanfarms has expanded the program across Canada bringing in a total of about 126 million plastic jugs that have been recycled into new products instead of disposed in landfill.

Cypriot President inaugurates first turn-key plastics recycling facility

Every year, the summer sun, sea and sand attract growing numbers of tourists to the European island state of Cyprus. In addition to great sales for the tourism industry, they also generate steadily growing mountains of waste. Tourists are clearly not the sole contributors, but according to current figures, Cyprus has the second highest amount of waste per capita in the EU after Denmark. 

Sani-É​co partners with Machinex on major MRF upgrade

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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