A Year In Review

By Carol Hochu, President and CEO, CPIA
2014-12-20

It’s that time of year when a plethora of media outlets, websites and pundits reflect on the highs (and lows) of the year that’s just about ended, along with a snapshot of what’s to come in 2015. As 2014 draws to a close, I’d like to look back at what brought CPIA to this point (and save my thoughts on what’s ahead in 2015 for next month’s issue):

Government

    • Hosted a successful “Plastics on Parliament Hill” lobby day in Ottawa; Participated in SPI’s “Plastics Champions” fly-in to Washington, DC  
    • With other associations, signed a letter to the Ontario government expressing concerns about the impacts of long-term competitiveness and the negative consequences for the Ontario economy of ill-considered GHG emissions reduction policy and regulations  
    • With SPI, jointly responded to Health Canada’s consultation on its intent respecting interim Letters of No Objection (i-LONO) for food processing  
    • Met with Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver and attended an invitation-only reception for business leaders hosted by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper to celebrate the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union  
    • Responded quickly to the City of Montreal’s announcement of consideration of a plastic bag ban  
    • Joined with other industry associations in the launch of the Alliance for Manufacturing in BC in order to raise the profile of manufacturing  

    Engaging Events

      • Mark Daniels of NOVOLEX as CPIA’s Leader of the Year  
      • Mark Lichtblau of Haremar Plastics Manufacturing as Plastic Innovator  
      • Polyform Cellular Plastics Inc., Cascades and Polynova Industries as Plastics Sustainability Award winners  
      • Cathy Cirko, retired CPIA VP, Charles Russell of NOVA Chemicals, and Michel Illiesco of Cascades as CanPlast Award winners, and  
      • Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, as Lifetime Achievement Award Winner  
      • PFMAC triumvirate of a Technical Seminar, Golf Tournament, and Fall General Meeting were all well attended, well received and delivered value.  
      • CPIA hosted several member events across Canada including Dartmouth, NS; Calgary, AB; and Montreal, QC.  

      Marvellous Members

        • Thrilled to welcome 16 new members to the CPIA fold, including: Direct Plastics; NU-B Inc.; Argus DeWitt; Flex Essentials; OMYA; Western Concord Mfg.; Canuck Compounders; Miller Waste Systems; Mexichem Specialty Resins; Athena Automation; Tibopak Emballages; Pnewko Brother Ltd.; Corplan Advisors Inc.; BeneFACT Consulting Group Inc.; Emerald Energy from Waste Inc.; and Scotia Recycling Ltd. Thank you for joining with us!  

        Post-Use Resource Recovery

        In our efforts to divert plastics from landfill into recycling and energy from waste programs, CPIA…  

          • Funded a feasibility study on collecting marine plastic litter to be converted into fuel  
          • Launched a promotion and education image bank of recycling plastic bottles and containers for recycling educators  
          • Launched a pilot for the collection and recycling of polyethylene flexible film with Promenade Shopping Centre in Ontario  
          • Supported the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) “caps-on bottles” program; and hosted a webinar with APR on the recycling of rigid plastics in the grocery sector  
          • Responded to the government of Nova Scotia’s public discussion paper about solid waste regulation  
          • Praised the efforts of manufacturers and the government of Illinois in leading the phase-out of microbeads in personal care products  
          • Supported and participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 
          • Partnered with Walmart and SC Johnson for in-store collection of bags and film 
          • Established a partnership with Lafarge Canada to assess the feasibility of using non-recyclable plastics as an alternative fuel source  
          • With American Chemistry Council, released a study showing that 6 major categories of plastic packaging helped to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging alternatives made with other materials  
          • Released the 2012 Post Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada report, showing that the amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across Canada has increased  
          • Provided technical and logistical support to Valley Waste Resource Management in Kentville, NS on the launching of their curbside polystyrene foam collection and MRF densifier program  
          • Participated in the launch of NAPRA (North American Plastics Recycling Association)  

          Business Services

            • Joined SPI’s www.recycleplastics365.org, a recycling marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of scrap plastic materials and recycling services  
            • Offered a free trial of CPIA’s leading career job posting website called “Career Corner”  

            Staff

              • Welcomed Aine Curran as CPIA’s Director General, Issues (with responsibility for PFMAC and VCC), and Krista Friesen, VP Sustainability  

              Outreach

                • With SPI and ACC, celebrated the third anniversary of the North American Plastics Alliance, and welcomed Mexico’s ANIPAC as the newest NAPA member  
                • Generated 100 million-plus positive plastics media impressions as a result of CPIA’s Intelligent Plastics campaign  
                • Launched a CPIA LinkedIn members group so that plastics professionals can exchange best practices, seek information, share ideas and network  

                In closing, this time of year brings festivity and family fun. It is a time for remembering and looking forward. On behalf of the CPIA Board of Directors and the staff team, wishing you wonderful memories during this joyous season.