Plastic Recycling

Clean Energy- Plastic  Recycling In Canada

This summer, a report called “2014 Post Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada” became public. Compiled by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), it detailed trends in plastic use over the year. That then provided insight into future trends. This report came about with the co-operation of 500 companies handling North America’s plastic to get accurate data.

These companies include those involved in reclamation, exporting and brokering, as well as material recovery facilities. The good news is that an additional 3 percent of North America’s plastic underwent processing in 2014 compared with 2013. In addition to that, the trends seem positive for the future.

Recycling Figures For Plastics Were Up In Canada For Key Areas

When the figures for plastic recycle facilities, and all those companies came together, there was good news with plastic bottles and bags. The nation took in 800,000 kilograms of bottles in 2014 and 7.8 million kilograms of plastic bags. These are key areas for the country due to green target and consumer use. Also, companies collected around 320.7 million kilograms of post-consumer plastic, and 78% of that was from local sources.

What Was Happening Within Canada To Make This Growth Happen?

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These figures for local plastic recycle centers and increased weights of bottles and bags offer hope. The question is, how was this able to happen? The main reason is an increase of plastic collected in Canada. The CPIA appreciate that Canada’s plastic recycling infrastructure is strong and open to development.

This occurred as plastic bags, film and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) No. 2 bottles became part of new curbside recycling programs. Greater access to recycling opportunities in ordinary neighborhoods meant that it was easy for residents to remove their waste responsibly. It seems that Canadian’s are not against recycling at all, they just need the means to do so.

Is 3% Enough Of An Improvement For Canada To Be Celebrating?

There are some that will look at a growth rate of 3% for plastic recycling and say that it is not enough. A single figure increase doesn’t sound great when the developed world is trying so hard with clean energy targets. However, there are two ways of looking at this that paint a more positive picture. First, any increase is good news in a world with a growing population and increased reliance on goods.

It is hard to curb plastic use, so 800,000 kilograms of recycled plastic bottles isn’t a bad thing. Second, we also have to consider the type of plastic collected. Plastic packaging is decreasing in weight, which means that it takes a lot more items to create that sort of weight. Therefore, a 3% rise in weight can be deceptively small compared to the number of items collected.

Is The Future Bright For Plastic Recycle Centers In Canada?

Regardless of whether we look at a 3% rise in tons or more collections, the country is moving forward. We see this not only in the plastic collected but also the amount of local sources and increases in collection points. Canada is making progress with clean energy targets, and we can only hope that the 2016 figures are even better.


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