CIAC welcomes Ontario Government’s announcement of transitioning of blue box recycling to producers

August 15, 2019

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) applauds today’s announcement from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) about beginning the transition to full producer responsibility for Ontario’s blue-box recycling system.

“We applaud the Ontario Government to tackling the urgent issue of plastic waste head-on in a way that has been proven to be effective in other jurisdictions within Canada,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC.

“Unlike symbolic gestures that do little to solve the real issue – like bans – industry-led, designed and managed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs have been shown to effectively and efficiently allow producers to grow end-markets for recycled materials and encourage producers to make recyclable products. It will also reduce costs to municipalities and taxpayers.”

With EPR, the entire life cycle of a product, from selection of materials and design, to its end-of-life management, is the responsibility of the producer. In British Columbia, all recycling is handled by the non-profit Recycle BC, whose costs are covered by businesses in the province that create packaging or products. B.C. has the highest rate of waste recovery in Canada (78 per cent), and one of the lowest rates of contamination (6.5 per cent). Currently, Canada only recycles around 10 per cent of plastics.

In 2018, CIAC and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association announced ambitious targets that underscore their members’ commitment to a future without plastic waste: 100 percent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040 and 100 percent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.

“Our members are committed to developing a more sustainable approach for waste management through better designs, innovative recycling and working with governments at all levels,” said Mr. Masterson. “We look forward to working with the Ontario Government to support and facilitate well-designed, industry-led extended producer responsibility system.”

The Chemistry Industry 2020 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

Chemistry industry seeks innovation fund for plastics recycling technology in federal pre-budget submission

August 6, 2018

On August 2, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada asked the Government of Canada to commit to the establishment of a new Plastic Technology Innovation Fund (PTIF) to promote the research and development of ground-breaking technology in plastic recycling and recovery innovation as part of its pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

The fund would include an initial allocation of $200 million and Natural Resources Canada would be responsible for assessing applications from the private sector and research communities for innovation in areas of product design and advanced plastics recycling and recovery such as chemical recycling, pyrolysis, gasification and energy recovery.

“There is no ‘one-size fits all’ solution to managing plastic waste. A variety of technologies and approaches will be needed to keep plastic waste out of the environment and in the economy,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “The innovation and ingenuity of the chemistry sector will be key in solving this problem.”

Other highlights of the submission include CIAC’s request for the reform the Federal Scientific Research and Development (SR&ED) program to help foster research and development in Canada. These reforms include:

  • raising the investment tax credit to 20 per cent from the current 15 per cent;
  • eliminating or substantially raising the upper limit for taxable capital phase-out range from the current $50 million; and
  • reinstating capital expenditure eligibility that was phased out beginning January 1, 2013;
  • eliminate the 20 per cent disallowance on arm’s-length consulting payments.

The SR&ED program provides more than $3 billion annually to over 20,000 claimants and is administered by the Canadian Revenue Agency. The proposed changes to the SR&ED program are required to ensure that Canada remains a destination for global research mandates.

Finally, the CIAC is proposing the Federal Government re-authorize the existing funding for the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) and specifically develop and expand all aspects related to international development to share Canada’s expertise.

To read the full submission, please see: The Chemistry Industry 2020 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affair

 

CIAC and CPIA aligned with the key focus areas of CCME’s Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste

June 27, 2019

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) welcome the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s (CCME) announcement for the next steps for the Strategy for Zero Plastic Waste today.

CCME announced the first phase for the Canada-Wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste will be focusing on product design, single-use plastics, collection system, markets and recycling capacity. CIAC and CPIA are aligned with the clear goals and the action plan that recognizes the distinct contributions required by all components of society. We also support extended producer responsibility to manage plastic waste but within a broader system that addresses all waste resources.

Achieving these goals will require significant investment across the value chain in new and upgraded infrastructure and innovation in new forms of recycling, such as chemical recycling and other transformative technologies that will make plastics infinitely recyclable. Success will also require widespread public participation in recycling and recovery programs.

“Many of our members are already making great strides to tackle plastic waste,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “This includes designing materials and applications for durability, reuse and recyclability. But each of us in society will have a role to play in solving this global issue. We are pleased to see that the Canada-Wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste is taking a holistic approach including life-cycle thinking to improve the understanding of plastics’ benefits and to enable more informed decisions when it comes to solutions to tackle plastic waste.”

“A high level of collaboration between governments and industry is required to achieve the full benefits of the Strategy for Zero Plastic Waste strategy” said Carol Hochu, President and CEO of CPIA. “We look forward to working with all levels of government including assistance in shaping Phase 2 of the plan.”

In 2018, CIAC, CPIA and their members, announced ambitious waste reduction targets for the extended plastics value chain in Canada:

  • A new aspirational goal of 100 per cent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040.
  • An aggressive interim goal of 100 per cent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.

Retired Safety Train makes its way to its new home

After nearly three decades of providing a unique backdrop for municipalities, first responders, and residents to learn about the transportation of dangerous goods from TRANSCAER® members by travelling from town to town, TRANSCAER’s Safety Train, the CCPX 911, was officially retired on March 28, 2018.

June 26, 2019, it embarked on a new journey by road. It made its way to the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) grounds at Pearson International Airport where it will continue to serve its role training first responders on rail safety and the safe transportation of dangerous goods. It is already set to be used at a TRANSCAER event being hosted at FESTI from July 9-11, 2019.

Plans are in the works for CIAC and the Railway Association of Canada to work with FESTI to formally unveil the tank car in an official ceremony where members and government officials will be invited to attend.

Ontario MPPs tour sites of CIAC members H.L. Blachford, CCC Sulphur Product and LANXESS

On Friday, June 21, Ontario MPP Rudy Cuzzetto (Mississauga-Lakeshore) toured H.L. Blachford’s Mississauga facility, which produces acoustic products for use in a variety of applications including transportation, construction and power generation as well as intermediate products for chemical specialty and metalworking applications that supply other Blachford sites in North America.

MPP Rudy Cuzzetto, Mississauga-Lakeshore, Mike Cundari, President of Blachford, Don Fusco, CIAC

On Monday June 24, Ontario MPP Mike Harris, Jr (Kitchener-Conestoga) toured CCC and LANXESS sites in Elmira.
CCC Sulphur Products facility in Elmira produces sulphur-based products including sulphuric acid and sodium bisulphite which have essential applications in water treatment, fertilizer and metal processing. Sodium bisulphite is used in the food and beverage industry.

Ryan Draper, Compliance Manager, CCC Sulphur Products; MPP Mike Harris, Kitchener-Conestoga; Ron Koniuch, President CCC Sulphur Products; Don Fusco, CIAC

The LANXESS Elmira site produces a variety of performance chemicals and lubricants for use in transportation and heavy industry as well as additives to enhance performance of a variety of plastic and rubber products.  The site also contains a pilot plant for new product formulations.

Helder Botelho, Site Manager of LANXESS, MPP Mike Harris, Kitchener-Conestoga, Don Fusco, CIAC

Save the dates! Quebec and Alberta Chemistry Days

CIAC will be holding a Quebec Chemistry Day on Monday, September 16 at the Delta Québec in Quebec City and its 20th Alberta Chemistry Day on Wednesday, October 16 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton.

CIAC will be holding a Quebec Chemistry Day on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Delta Québec in Quebec City in conjunction with the Quebec Leadership Group and Quebec Business and Economics Group meetings from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This biennial event will provide an opportunity for Quebec members to discuss with government ministers the various competitiveness issues of the chemistry industry and an opportunity to dialogue with members.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Yves Hamelin yhamelin@canadianchemsitry.ca or Isabelle Des Chênes at ideschenes@canadianchemistry.ca.

CIAC will be also holding its 20th Alberta Chemistry Day on Wednesday, October 16 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A detailed agenda with the schedule of events to follow. This is an annual event that provides an opportunity to dialogue on common issues, to better understand industry and government positions and to get to know new participants, both in industry and government.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Greg Moffatt at gmoffatt@canadianchemsitry.ca or Lyn Gibbard at lgibbard@canadianchemistry.ca.

Canada’s chemistry and plastics industries share federal government’s concerns about mismanagement of plastic waste

June 10, 2019

Ottawa – Representing the broad plastics value chain in Canada, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), fully endorse the objective of stopping waste, including plastic waste, from leaking into the environment.

This is why CPIA and CIAC support the government as they work on the science to better understand the implications of plastic waste in the environment. Specifically, we welcome the plans for producer-led extended producer responsibility initiatives which will lead to more harmonized collection and help build markets for recycled plastics.

We would only caution government not to pre-determine the outcome and consider impacts throughout the lifecycle of plastic products and their alternatives. Any rush to judgment could have serious implications on industry’s ability to create a circular economy for plastics that supports a national zero plastic waste strategy.

“Plastics are key to our modern and sustainable way of life, but they do not belong in the environment. We understand the urgency of problem and are committed to being part of the solution,” said Carol Hochu, President and CEO of CPIA.

“CPIA and CIAC believe in the development of a circular economy for plastics that treat plastics as a resource to be kept in the economy and not leaked into the environment,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “Consumer education is important as we need a whole of society approach to the issue. Industry, governments, civil society and consumers must work together to solve this global issue.”

The Canadian chemistry and plastics industries are already stepping up to provide solutions: several members are founding members of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which is investing over $1.5 billion USD to deliver waste management solutions globally.

In 2018, CPIA and CIAC members also committed to 100 per cent of plastics packaging being re-used, recycled, or recovered by 2040, and 100 per cent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.

However, our members believe that creating an impression that safe, sanitary plastic materials are toxic through the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) will ultimately make it more difficult for Canada to achieve its zero waste objectives.

CIAC and CPIA look forward to working with the federal government to support their science-based approach.

For more on what the Canadian chemistry and plastics industries are doing to tackle plastic waste in the environment, please see Canada’s chemistry and plastics industries making strides to tackle plastic waste and the report: Role of Chemistry in a Circular Economy for Plastics.