Plastics Perspectives July 2016  

October 2016


CPIA Welcomes New Members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members to CPIA:

  • Polyflor is a major manufacturer of commercial floorcoverings, and the pioneer of homogenous sheet vinyl. Polyflor has been exporting products to Canada for over four decades. In 2013, Polyflor opened a wholly owned subsidiary business in Toronto to better support the distribution partners located throughout Canada. Polyflor is the first flooring manufacturer to be awarded BES 6001 the standard for Responsible Sourcing. Polyflor’s BES 6001 certification is the latest of many sustainability and corporate social responsibility credentials, sitting alongside ISO 14001; individual BRE A+ ratings; EN 15804 EPDs; Indoor Air Comfort Gold; FloorScore and Recofloor. 

    Contact: Nick Dron, President Tel. 905.364.3000 e-mail:
  • Micro Interface Design (MID) provides innovative Dosing and Dispensing solutions for Colorants and Additives.  Founded in 1981, the company is specialized in design, development, and production of advanced Automation and Auxiliary equipment for the plastics industry.For various Dosing and Dispensing applications in your process, MID line of Colorants and Additives equipment is available from a single source. MID has built a solid network of accessible service partners, technical knowledge, spare parts, and site support.    

    Contact: Mat Najibnia, Vice President  Tel: 905.947.1114  e-mail:

CPIA Plastics Industry Leadership Award Winners  

On Sept. 14, 2016 CPIA celebrated the winners of the 2016 Plastics Industry Leadership Awards at its annual Plastics Industry Leadership Awards Dinner. CPIA awards recognize outstanding individuals and businesses for their commitment and dedication to the growth and sustainability of the Canadian plastics industry.

We are delighted to recognize and celebrate individuals and companies who have demonstrated leadership and excellence, contributing immensely to the plastics industry in the areas of innovation, sustainability and more.

CPIA's sold-out awards celebration at the beautiful Universal Eventspace featured a cocktail reception, meet and greet with special guest speaker Scott McGillivray of hit TV series Income Property, delicious three course meal with wine, and awards presentations celebrating all the deserving award winners. 

With an overall satisfaction score of 8.5 out of 10 according to our survey results, here's what some of the attendees had to say:

"Well attended, well organized, stayed on time."

"Great opportunity to meet and further industry contacts."

"Cocktail event was fun, great networking and good ambience."

"Well done!"

"I just wanted to thank you. My colleague enjoyed the event and told me how amazing the experience was. I hope to attend next year. My company was greatly appreciative with the award and recognition. We are overjoyed."

Congratulations to all the award winners!:

Leader of the Year:
Amir Karim, Polykar

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Tom Rose
Robert Torokvei
Mirek Planeta
Sajjad Ebrahim
Grantland M . Cameron

Plastics Innovator Award:
Professor Chul B. Park

Plastics Sustainability Award:
Lafarge Canada Inc.
Urban Polymers

CanPlast Award:
Marc Robitaille

Plastics Industry Young Leader Award:
Geoff B. Woolley
Krista Friesen
Domenic Di Mondo
Solenne Brouard Gaillot

Click here for more award winner details.

Click here for news release.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

GOLD: Clariant, Scepter Canada, TD

SILVER: BDO, Micro Interface Design, Macro Engineering & Technology Inc.

BRONZE: Merlin Plastics

CPIA Vinyl Is Beautiful Campaign Launches Second Vinyl Video by Scott McGillivray! 

CPIA'sVinyl Is Beautiful Campaign, featuring celebrity spokesperson Scott McGillivray of the hit TV Series Income Property, is proud to announce the launch of the second Vinyl is Beautiful video featuring a wide range of exterior vinyl building products.

Click here to check it out!

The goal of the campaign is to build the image and consumer acceptance of all things vinyl, particularly vinyl building products.  By engaging a high profile, trusted and respected personality such as Scott McGillivray, it builds consumer confidence that vinyl products are high quality, stylish, safe, add value and are a great investment!

The Vinyl is Beautiful campaign features:

For more information contact:  Darlene Gray, Marketing Communications Specialist, CPIA Tel. 905.678.7748 ext. 239 e-mail:

  Post Use Stakeholder Outreach Events – Resource Recovery Tour and Communications Webinar

Throughout September 2016, CPIA had the opportunity to deliver two unique outreach events, which included the Resource Recovery Tour on September 15, 2016 and a webinar entitled Creating Recycling Communications that Connect with Residents and Customerson September 27, 2016.

The Resource Recovery Tour provided a first-hand experience for a wide range of stakeholders to see and understand the options involved in end-of-life management for post-consumer plastic packaging. The event included tours of three facilities involved in the post-use process, along with presentation that provided context throughout the day.

The tour locations were the Canada Fibers MRF that handles all of the Blue Box material for the City of Toronto, the Urban Polymers plastics recycling plant which currently processes post-consumer PET, HDPE and PP, and the Durham York Energy Centre which handles the municipal solid waste from Durham and York Regions and converts it into electricity that is supplied back to Ontario’s grid.

The event was attended by 28 stakeholders from a range of sectors, including the municipal, provincial and federal governments, retailers and brandowners, and CPIA members in the areas of resin production, recycling and energy from waste. This outreach and education event was a great opportunity to share information and answer questions about existing and emerging options to divert more plastic packaging from landfills.

On September 27, 2016, CPIA hosted an online webinar: Creating Recycling Communications that Connect with Residents and Customers that was aimed at enhancing communications efforts around the recycling of residential plastic packaging.

The webinar focused on the following topics:

  1. What’s happening in plastics recycling
  2. Why persuasive communications pays off, and what works best
  3. Work that CPIA has been doing on terminology to help with effective communications
  4. What promotion and education tools that CPIA has to share

The 45-minute webinar was attended by more than 90 stakeholders, from a wide range of sectors, including packaging producers, brandowners, municipalities, provincial governments, provincial stewardship agencies, depot operators and other industry associations.

CPIA staff are currently compiling and answering the many questions that came up during the webinar and will be looking for feedback from participants in order to plan for similar future outreach opportunities.

For further information about either of these initiatives, contact Krista Friesen, CPIA VP Sustainability, CPIA at

City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec Sees Continued Success with Polystyrene Collection 

  On September 18th, 2016 the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux (DDO) – a suburb outside of Montreal – conducted their Autumn polystyrene (PS) collection depot at their Civic Centre in conjunction with their old Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections. This was a follow-up after the city’s debut PS collection in May 2016 where initial reactions had been very positive.  

This follow-up PS collection event did not disappoint – with a full 53-foot trailer filled to capacity. The amount of PS amassed in one day was close to double the amount of PS collected in two days during the Spring event. The major increase was attributed to the fact that citizens were now more aware of the PS collection program and were willing to store the PS products in their homes until the September event.  

The largest increase could be seen in the amount of protective packaging (EPS) that was being kept for the collection versus citizens throwing it into the garbage during the year. The City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux feels that their citizens are willing to take that extra step to make sure that their PS products get recycled.

All three types of PS (EPS, XPS and rigids) are collected and recycled by CPIA member firm, Polyform in Granby, QC. CPIA and Polyform have worked together to establish similar PS collection days and year-round PS collection programs in 13 other municipalities throughout the province of Quebec with another 15 municipalities expressing interest in starting their own PS collection programs.

By Stephen Tramley, CPIA Post Use Consultant 

Information Session on Plastics in a Circular Economy – AMO Conference Windsor, Ontario

On August 17, 2016, CPIA presented to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) by sponsoring a full session on “Plastics in a Circular Economy”. AMO is well attended by Ontario municipal politicians and their staff, as well as their provincial political and staff counterparts. This is an important forum where the plastics industry can meet municipal politicians (and policymakers) creating networks to discuss and answer questions on plastics benefits, challenges and our industry contributions to a healthier environment and economy. 

The session presented an overview on plastic’s contribution to more sustainable systems and its role in a circular economy that includes all 4 “Rs” – reduction, reuse, recycling  and energy recovery.

The CPIA presentation included information about innovative plastic conversion and recycling technologies. CPIA’s co-presenter was Mirka Januszkiewicz, the Director of Waste Management for Durham Region, who spoke on integrated resource recovery systems, their benefits to plastics resource recovery and the new cap and trade requirements faced by municipalities in Ontario. 

Click here for the CPIA and Durham presentations.

Krista Friesen, CPIA VP Sustainability 905.678.7748 ext. 234
Joe Hruska, CPIA Sustainability Consultant 416.930.1796 

  CPIA Donates Portion of Golf Tournament Proceeds to The War Amps

CPIA President and CEO, Carol Hochu presents donation cheque to Rob Larman, Director, PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE Program, The War Amps.  

These funds, raised through the annual CPIA Golf Tournament on June 16, 2016, allow The War Amps organization to continue providing not only financial assistance for artificial limbs, but everything needed for child amputees to develop The War Amps Winner's Circle approach to their amputation, overcome challenges and live full and active lives.

Thanks to everyone who attended CPIA's golf tournament and to our sponsors: Clariant and NOVA Chemicals!

CPIA Meets with PET for Clean Environment India

On Sept. 16, 2016 CPIA's Carol Hochu and Krista Friesen met with Dr. Smita Bhatia of PET for Clean Environment India to discuss plastics sustainability issues of mutual interest.

Call For CPIA Member Plant Tour Hosts!

By popular request, CPIA will be organizing plant tours for CPIA members in 2017.  

Plant tours are an excellent way to highlight your facility, share best practices with others in the industry and potentially build networking opportunities.  

If you are interested in discussing details further and hosting a plant tour please contact Carol Hochu, CPIA President and CEO, at 905.678.7748 ext. 229 or email

CPIA & Industry Events >

CPIA Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Event
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 

CPIA Sustainability Information Seminar: Beyond Traditional Recycling: End-of-Life Management Options for Plastic Packaging
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

CPIA Industry Networking Breakfast, Montreal, Quebec
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 - Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Expoplast - Visit CPIA at Booth #406
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 - Thu, Dec 01, 2016

CPIA Member Seminar with Scott McGillivray - Save the Date!
Thu, Dec 08, 2016