CANADA – The Circular Plastics Taskforce has announced the launch of new initiative PRFLRX in collaboration with several industry stakeholders.
The participating organizations include the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, the Canada Plastics Pact, Circular Materials, the Film and Flexibles Recycling Coalition of the Recycling Partnership and Éco Entreprises Québec.
The collaborative effort aims to optimize the entire recycling system to promote flexible plastic packaging circularity across Canada.
It will focus on improving the existing recycling and recovery rates of flexible plastics that are collected from households across the country.
Lessons learned from this initiative will be shared with the US to help support their recycling efforts.
In a joint declaration, the PRFLEX leadership team stated: “Our common goal is to increase the use of recycled content in plastic packaging. For that to happen, we need improved sortation and recycling capacities in Canada.
“This first-of-its-kind initiative represents a stepping stone towards that objective by way of assessing the current situation and designing high-performing systems for films and flexibles across the country.”
As part of this initiative, all the participating stakeholders will closely coordinate with consulting companies NovAxia and Lichens Recyclability.
PRFLEX’s plan will be executed in four different phases, firstly determining the collection and recycling percentage of existing flexible plastic packaging, which is based on their respective forms and types, in all the Canadian provinces.
Secondly, stakeholders will identify the infrastructure gaps at the associated recyclers and their material recovery facilities.
In the third phase, new technologies will be proposed to optimize processes to increase capture rates, enhance sorting and make post-consumer recycled resins.
In the final stage, the learnings from the initiative will be applied by installing and measuring the performance of the better-suited equipment in specific partner facilities.
Further information will be communicated in the upcoming months as PRFLEX gradually achieves its project milestones.
In June last year, Circular Plastic Taskforce (CPT) partnered with Digimarc in a ‘first in North America’ initiative to enhance the sortation of flexible packaging in Canada.
The partnership aimed at carrying out or supporting projects to improve plastic packaging recycling within the evolving Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) landscape in Quebec and Canada.
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