Three packaging and recycling platforms in Canada have partnered in an effort to improve the country’s circular plastic economy.

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and Circular Materials will work to de-risk and increase investments in critical recycling infrastructure and technology innovations.

These investments will aim to expedite Canada’s transition to a circular economy for plastic packaging via solutions that combat plastic waste and pollution.

The partners will also work together to address emerging policy priorities and infrastructure gaps in this area.

CPP interim managing director Paul Shorthouse said: “The CPP, CIAC and Circular Materials have come together to address the key challenges and opportunities for achieving a circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada.

“Our shared approach identifies the need for both upstream and downstream supports, including capital investments in critical infrastructure, investments in innovation and emerging technologies, and incentives to facilitate investments that support working to redesign packaging for recyclability and the related transition plans.”

CIAC president and CEO Bob Masterson said: “We will work together to identify the need for incentives that support investments and innovation for upstream system transformation, such as through tax incentives and accelerated capital cost allowances to support packaging redesign and manufacturers and converters looking to upgrade their facilities.”

Circular Materials CEO Allen Langdon said: “As a national not-for-profit producer-governed organisation, we are committed to building efficient and effective recycling systems where plastics and other packaging materials are collected, recycled and returned back to producers for use as recycled content.

“In doing this, we are ensuring materials are reused again and again – keeping them in our economy and out of our environment.”

In July this year, non-profit organisation Oceana Canada called on the Canadian government to continue with its efforts to prevent ‘harmful’ single-use plastics from entering oceans.