Recycling of plastics packaging grows in Canada

Report claims recycling rate increased by 10 percent between 2011 and 2012.

March 25, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Plastics

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), Mississauga, Ontario, has released a report, “2012 Post Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada Report,” that provides detailed information on the growth of the recycling of plastics packaging in Canada.

The report notes that the recycling of postconsumer plastic packaging in Canada increased for the third straight year. An additional 10 percent of plastic packaging was recycled in 2012 compared with 2011, as reported by Moore Recycling Associates Inc., Sonoma, Calif., the firm that produced the report. This increase is the result of more material collected for recycling as well as more companies providing recycling information.

In total, more than 285 million kilograms, or in excess of 628 million pounds, of postconsumer plastic packaging were collected for recycling in 2012 in Canada, according to the report.

Carol Hochu, president and CEO of the CPIA, says, “We are pleased to see an overall increase in companies participating in this valuable survey and in the amount of plastic packaging collected and recycled in Canada. The survey results found that 285 million kilograms were recycled, 83 percent of which remained in North America.”

Hochu continues, “We continue to work with our members to build and grow our national recycling industry in Canada, reusing valuable plastic materials and creating jobs."

The recycled plastic quantities, reported by Moore and Associates Inc., show an increase of 3 percent for bottles between 2011 and 2012, a 29 percent increase for nonbottle rigid plastics for the two years, an increase of 18 percent for plastic bags and outer wrap and a 24 percent increase for polystyrene foam between 2011 and 2012.

The report notes that recyclers of plastics in Canada want more supply and they have underutilized capacity, which creates ample opportunity for consumers and businesses to supply recyclers with more plastics. The report estimates that film and bag recycling capacity in Canada increased from 38 percent to 49 percent use of the capacity between 2011 and 2012 and nonbottle rigid recycling capacity went from 47 percent to 60 percent capacity use.

To view the report, click here.