CIAC responds to Private Members’ Bill An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (plastic manufactured items) 

The Chemistry Industry Association on Canada (CIAC) welcomes the introduction of MP Tochor’s (Saskatoon—University) — Private Members’ Bill, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (plastic manufactured items).  

At the time Plastic Manufactured Items were added to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), CIAC expressed disappointment with the listing.   

CIAC and its members strongly believe that plastics are a valuable resource that belong in the economy and not the environment. The unique characteristics of plastics help ensure a modern, sustainable way of life for Canadians.  

CIAC continues to believe that CEPA is not an appropriate legislative instrument for managing post-consumer plastics. The recent decision by the federal court confirms the plastics industry’s view that using the authorities under CEPA ‘99 is not the appropriate way to manage the issue of plastic waste while supporting the crucial transformation to a circular economy for plastics in Canada 

CIAC members remain committed to working with governments to find meaningful solutions to address post-consumer use plastics and keep these from the environment. We will continue to work with federal and provincial governments, and all stakeholders, to build a circular economy for plastics in Canada.  
CIAC is committed to Responsible Care®, the flagship program of the chemistry industry that ensures CIAC members innovate for safer and greener products and processes, and work to continuously improve their environmental, health and safety performance. CIAC member-companies strive to “do the right thing and be seen to do the right thing.” This is our commitment to sustainability– delivering results for the betterment of society, the environment, and the economy. 
Recognizing the importance of eliminating plastic pollution caused by plastic resin loss during production or transportation is a critical issue for the environment and the world’s waterways, CIAC Plastics Division members adhere to the principles of (OCS).Operation Clean SweepTM (OCS). 

OCS is an international, prevention-focused program for environmental stewardship designed to help every plastic resin manufacturing and handling operation implement good housekeeping and resin containment practices.