Plastics and plastic products are more than just convenient; they are essential to the way we live our modern lives. CIAC Plastics Division members are involved in every step of the plastic production process, from the production of resins and pellets to producing final products including personal protective equipment (PPE), packaging to protect food and reduce spoilage, automotive parts, computer and electronic casing, and components for solar panels and wind turbines.
With the manufacture of these products comes the responsibility to make plastics in a sustainable way that limits or eliminates plastic waste and pollution while working toward a circular economy for plastics to support a low-carbon economy.
Canada’s plastics sector not only produces essential products that individuals rely on daily, it’s also a major contributor to the Canadian economy, adding nearly $30 billion annually and responsible for 104 800 direct jobs.
With the demand for plastic continuing to grow, Canada has an opportunity to use competitive advantages, including having access to abundant low-carbon natural gas feedstock, and a skilled labour force, to attract investment, grow the country’s plastic sector, and help the country’s economy thrive in the years to come.
The industry recognizes its responsibility to eliminate plastic waste and move to a circular economy for plastics. To continue in the right direction, changes need to happen, including product design, improved sortation and mechanical recycling infrastructure across the country, and adoption of extended producer responsibility programs whereby industry designs, manages and pays for province-wide recycling systems. This will allow plastics to be collected at a scale that makes it possible for industry to recycle plastics so they can be turned into new products.
Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is an international program designed to achieve zero pellet, flake and powder loss in the environment. The goal of OCS is to help each segment of our industry including resin producers, transporters, bulk terminal operators and plastics processors take the steps necessary to improve containment practices towards achieving zero pellet, flake and power loss.More on Operation Clean Sweep