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The Alberta Plastics Recycling Association hosts inaugural circular plastics day to promote sustainability

March 16, 2023
By Canadian Manufacturing

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The Alberta Plastics Recycling Association hosts inaugural circular plastics day to promote sustainability

EDMONTON — The Alberta Plastics Recycling Association’s (APRA) inaugural Alberta Circular Plastics Day (ACPD) attracted over 180 individuals representing organizations across the plastics value chain on March 15. The event was hosted in partnership with NAIT with the focus on addressing key issues and opportunities around development of Alberta’s plastics circular economy.

APRA facilitates partnerships and programs to advance the circular economy across the plastics value chain in Alberta and beyond. To further this work, this one-day conference – the ACPD – brought together stakeholders working in this area in Alberta and across the country.

“The event provided a variety of information sessions on policy, barriers and opportunities in technology and investment as well as highlights from leading organizations operating in Alberta and across the country,” remarked APRA’s executive director Tammy Schwass. “It represented a fantastic networking opportunity to help advance discussions about plastics circularity as part of the Government of Alberta’s Natural Gas Strategy. This industry has tremendous potential to advance environmental and economic benefits in the province.”

The advancement of a circular economy within Alberta will require participation from all levels of stakeholders involved with the common goals to reduce waste, design materials for recycling, explore reuse opportunities and remanufacturing within our borders.

APRA’s members and partners are already working to advance many circular economic opportunities. Some of the leading sessions at ACPD included:

– design for recyclability from NOVA Chemicals,

– an advanced recycling project from Enerkem and Alberta Innovates,

– unique and innovative recyclers, with features on PolyAg, Styro-Go, Re-Waste, Full Circle Plasticsand others,

– advancements in a net zero ethylene complex from Dow Canada,

– block chain technology with an overview from BASF’s reciChain Alberta pilot project,

– collaboration and advocacy with provincial and federal governments and the Canada Plastics Pact on plastics policies,

-reuse and circularity within municipalities, the Cannabis packaging and plastics sectors.

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