CIAC welcomes new members and the May Plastics Division Newsletter is now avaliable, in ChemNews for June 3, 2021.
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) recognizes Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ recently announced plans to improve the Ontario Blue Box recycling program and its intentional approach of moving toward a harmonized Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program.
An EPR program — where industry is responsible for the cost, collection, and management of recycling in the province — is the most efficient and effective way to improve recovery and recycling rates and develop a circular economy for plastics.
“A circular economy, of which EPR programs play a key role, will sustain economic growth while improving the environment for future generations,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, CIAC Plastics Division. “When managed responsibly, plastics are the modern sustainable choice for a prosperous economy and healthy environment.”
Canada’s plastics industry is dedicated to playing its role in the fight against plastic waste, and this innovative approach by the Ontario Government will help us reach two key goals:
- By 2030, 100 per cent of plastic packaging in Canada will be recyclable or recoverable
- By 2040, 100 per cent of plastic packaging in Canada will be reused, recycled, or recovered
We look forward to working with the province to ensure that all recycling and recovery approaches are supported in a circular economy for plastics.
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) Plastics Division is pleased to announce the changing of officers on the Plastics Division Leadership Council (PDLC) and thanks the outgoing Chair for his hard work and dedication.
PDLC Chair, Joel Rudolph, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Farnell Packaging, will be stepping down after guiding the Leadership Council through its inaugural year. In his time as Chair, Mr. Rudolph helped lead the successful merger of members into the CIAC Plastics Division from the former Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).
“CIAC is incredibly grateful for the time, effort, support, and dedication Joel and the entire Leadership Council have put into establishing the Division as the respected, go-to voice for Canada’s plastics industry,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, CIAC Plastics Division. “Under Joel’s Chairmanship the Division has helped reinforce industry’s leadership role in realizing a circular economy for plastics.”
Magali Depras, Chief Strategy Officer and CSR for TC Transcontinental, will take on the role of Chair, while Mike Burt, Vice President & Global Director Climate and Energy for Dow Chemical Canada, will become the new Vice Chair of the PDLC. Mark Rose, President of the Layfield Group, will assume the role of Treasurer.
“There’s no doubt that members of the CIAC Plastics Division include innovative companies who are investing in solutions for the effective management of post-consumer plastics. We are honoured to have such impressive, dedicated people including Magali, Mike, and Mark entering new roles,” said Bob Masterson, CIAC President and CEO. “Their combined experience is truly invaluable and will guide us in achieving plastics circularity.”
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomed new associate members Busch Vacuum Technics, Canvass Analytics and Hexagon PPM on May 27.
Busch Vacuum Technics is a subsidiary of Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems, one of the largest manufacturers of vacuum pumps, blowers and compressors in the world and a leading supplier of vacuum solutions to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. A partner to Canadian manufacturers since 1985, Busch has locations in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Canvass Analytics is an artificial intelligence (AI) company that helps industrial manufacturing engineers optimize processes, reduce waste, and cut their CO2 emissions through data collection. Their platform is designed to optimize processes and operations, improve production yield and improve energy efficiency. They are headquartered in Toronto.
Hexagon PPM is part of Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions. Hexagon PPM division software helps workers visualize, create and manage the lifecycle of facilities and structures. Over 50 years, the company has supported the engineering, design, construction and operation of facilities and structures around the world. They are headquartered in Alabama with multiple locations in Canada including Calgary, Alberta. “We at CIAC are so pleased to have these associate members join us. The provide vital services that support our member companies in achieving their business and Responsible Care® objectives,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “We look forward to working with Busch Vacuum Technics, Canvass Analytics and Hexagon PPM.”
GreenMantra Technologies Limited and Cleanfarms Inc., members of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) Plastics Division, were recently recognized for their outstanding work in reducing plastic waste in Canada through innovation today.
GreenMantra Technologies Limited, a Brantford, Ontario chemical recycler, will receive $300,000 as part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s challenge to Canadian companies to find innovative, efficient and cost‑effective ways to recycle single-use personal protective equipment used in healthcare. In total, eight small and medium-sized Canadian companies will receive funding for projects that will support Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government of Manitoba announced that Cleanfarms Inc. has been chosen to operate a provincially regulated stewardship program on behalf of the agricultural industry and manage the collection and recycling of agricultural plastics. Manitoba producers will be able to drop off used grain bags and plastic baler twine at designated collection sites throughout the province without paying user fees. Cleanfarms, an Etobicoke, Ontario based non-profit environmental stewardship organization focused on agriculture waste management, will arrange for pickup, transportation and recycling of these materials from the collection sites.
“Our Plastics Division members like Green Mantra and Cleanfarms continue to amaze us with their innovative solutions to reducing plastic waste,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice-President of CIAC’s Plastics Division. “We are delighted that our members have been selected to develop and lead these important solutions for Canadians.”
Members of the CIAC Plastics Division have ambitious targets that underscore our commitment to a future without plastic waste; 100 per cent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040 and 100 per cent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.
For full details on the CIAC Plastics Division’s commitments to managing post-consumer plastics, visit GettingPlasticsRight.ca.
CIAC Supports Key Findings from Canadian Energy Research Institute Study, Realizing Technology Innovations to Recirculate Plastics Webinar, in ChemNews for May 20, 2021. Read the full newsletter here.
Ottawa, ON, May 20, 2021 – The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) wishes to clarify that the association is not a participant in the Responsible Plastic Use Coalition (RPUC), nor the legal proceedings initiated by the Coalition. CIAC is a policy and advocacy organization and without mandate to initiate or participate in legal proceedings on behalf of its membership.
“We share RPUC’s disappointment with the Government of Canada’s May 12 decision to list all plastic manufactured items on Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA),” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. “We believe that plastics belong in the economy and not in the environment. Nevertheless, we share RPUC’s belief that CEPA is the wrong tool to address concerns with post-consumer plastics. “ Read our statement here.
As an organization, CIAC remains intently focused on building an enabling policy environment for a circular economy for plastics. This includes an intense program of work with provincial governments coast-to-coast as they work to develop and modify Extended Producer Responsibility programs and implement other aspects of the jointly agreed Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Zero Plastic Waste Action Plan.