New Government of Canada investments to reduce plastic waste – Project descriptions

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Recipient Project Title Project Overview Project Location TOTAL
Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation Microplastic Research & Single-use Plastic Prevention Project The project will look to advance our understanding of the link between single-use plastic pollution and microplastic accumulation to better understand the inherent overlap of the issues, and to provide strategies for preventing plastic pollution in the marine and aquatic environments of Atlantic Canada. NS $100,000
Canadian Coalition for Green Healthcare A Circular Economy Model for Hospital-Generated Personal Protective Equipment and Medical Single-use Plastic Waste The purpose of the project will be to demonstrate that hospital-generated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical single-use plastic (SUP) materials can be successfully collected, stored and transported to a designated recycling facility. This project will also provide an overview of PPE and selected SUP reuse and plastic waste reduction opportunities to complement and further enable resource conservation and keep these materials from ending up as waste. NS $249,854
Conference Board of Canada Creating a Non-Fragmented Circular Plastics Economy for Canada

The Conference Board of Canada will embark on a research and convening platform intended to inform Canada’s transition to an integrated circular plastics economy.

The project will involve two main activity areas:

  1. Evaluate the opportunities for and barriers to sustainable finance to address investment deficits and incentives in Canada’s plastics economy.
  2. Assess the impact of circular business models on recycled plastics and Canada’s innovation competitiveness in chemical plastics recycling.
AB $390,000
Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Ontario Compostable Products and Packaging Testing Protocol This project will inform provincial and federal actions to improve the management of compostable products, and support a CCME commitment to develop new standards for bioplastics. The Ontario government will hire a consultant to create a testing protocol for compostable products and packaging. Pilot tests will also be conducted for products in aerobic and anaerobic composting facilities to see how materials break down and can be best managed. Outcomes of the pilot will be shared with all provincial and territorial jurisdictions to inform future opportunities. ON $250,000
Scout Environmental Foundations for a Reuse Industry Sector project Scout Environmental will develop a network that will be used to facilitate industry collaboration to reduce plastic waste. It will focus on activities to grow the availability of bulk-refill/reuse programs across Canada, to standardize bulk-refill/reuse programs for ease of the consumer and business owner, and to reduce single-use plastics by creating awareness and infrastructure for consumers to easily participate in bulk-refill/reuse programs. ON $300,000
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