Canada Exported 10% of Post-Consumer Plastics, Says CPIA Report

Author:Suny Group

The recent report published by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) illustrates the resilience of the Canadian recycling infrastructure amidst significant market challenges. The report provides details about how much Canadian post-consumer plastic were collected and reclaimed by the North American reclaimers and how much was sold to overseas market.

According to the report titled “2017 Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada”, a minimum of 309 million kilograms of Canadian post-consumer plastic material, including commercial, were collected for recycling in 2017. The total collections dropped by 5% when compared with the prior year. Also, 88% of the material reported was reclaimed in Canada or the U.S. and 10% were exported to overseas destinations. The destination of the remaining 2% remained unknown, says the report.

Plastic bottles continued to account for majority of the recycled plastic collected. The collection of films reported sharp decline by 17% over the previous year. By resin type, PET and HDPE accounted for the majority of post-consumer plastic recycled in China.

Carol Hochu, President and CEO, CPIA stated that the study proves that Canadians are fully committed to and want to continue to recycle. Further, it shows that development and maintenance of strong domestic markets for recycled commodities offer viable programs for Canadians to recycle plastic, he added.