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Canadian plastics and chemistry industries support ocean focus of new G7 Plastics Charter

Published 11 June 2018

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) offered support for the oceans and waterways focus of the Ocean Plastics Charter, which was endorsed by five countries at the G7 Summit on 9 June.

On June 4, CPIA and CIAC announced its members had committed to goals of 100 per cent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030 and 100 per cent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. 

There is growing common ground and recognition of the need for cooperation between the plastics industry, governments, brand owners, businesses, NGOs, and concerned citizens to protect and restore the health of the world's oceans.

"Our members have committed to aggressive goals and to doing their part to improve the recycling and recovery of post-use plastics packaging," said Carol Hochu, President and CEO of CPIA. "We are very pleased to see a clear endorsement of the need for collaboration, a lifecycle approach to stewardship and incentives for innovation in the Charter."

"Plastics remain central to our future. They are a key enabler of a more sustainable way of living," said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC.

"But plastics do not belong in the ocean, nor any other waterway and we recognize that marine litter is a significant threat. We look forward to working with Minister McKenna and other stakeholder partners to develop innovations and technologies to tackle the global issue of marine litter together."

Since 1943, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association has served as the national voice for and leader in plastics industry sustainability across Canada and beyond, representing the interests of the plastics value chain including resin and raw material suppliers, processors/converters, equipment suppliers, recyclers and brand owners.

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is the Association for leaders in the chemistry sector in Canada; a $53 billion industry. The Association represents more than 50 members and partners across the country. Members of CIAC are signatories to Responsible Care® – the Association's UN-recognized sustainability initiative.

Source: Company Press Release