CPIA Marine Litter Initiative

Click on a title below for more details on the project.


MicrobeadsMicrobeads are tiny plastic particles included in personal care products as exfoliating agents. They are designed to be washed down the sink, then to be managed in waste water treatment systems.

If not filtered out though, they can emerge in aquatic habitats. For this reason, CPIA supports personal care companies in their voluntary efforts to phase out microbeads and is on record as bans on microbeads. CPIA is participating in consultation on this issue and provides updates as they become available. For more information view: CPIA Newsroom – Industry Issues

Operation Clean Sweep® (prevent pellet loss)

Operation Clean SweepOPERATION CLEAN SWEEP® *(OCS) is an international program designed to prevent pellet loss and the potential introduction of pellets to the marine environment where they create both a litter problem and a threat to sea life and wild life. The essence of OCS is to help each segment of our industry including resin producers, transporters, bulk terminal operators and plastics processors to implement good housekeeping and pellet containment practices towards achieving zero pellet loss.  

CPIA is the Canadian licensee of OCS and will promote the program to the Canadian plastics value chain.

Click here to learn more about CPIA's committment to Operation Clean Sweep and how you can pledge and become an OCS partner.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline CleanupCPIA is promoting & helping sponsor Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up annual litter cleanup & engagement of the plastics industry companies in the clean-up events.

Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited. Jointly led by the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, the Shoreline Cleanup empowers people just like you to take action against shoreline litter through cleanups. They are one of the largest direct action environmental programs in Canada and the third largest cleanup in the world. 

They also collaborate on a global scale to prevent litter at its source. For more than 20 years, they have reported their litter data to the International Coastal Cleanup. In 2015, they joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to fight derelict fishing gear. They also joined Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance in 2015 to work with other NGOs and industry leaders on collaborative solutions to marine litter.

CPIA GCSC Initiatives


CPIA is a sponsor of PlasticShore focussed on collection of marine debris & recycling into consumer products.  CPIA is supporting a "trial to proof the concept".

"Ship-to-Shore" Atlantic Canada

 Ship to Shore CPIA is a sponsor of a program that has fisherfolk on Canada's east coast bringing waste back to the shore rather than dumping it at sea.  

In 2013 CPIA sponsored a "how-to" manual to help roll-out similar programs across Canada.


UPGYRESCPIA is a sponsor of Upyres (a society focused on collecting and upcycling marine debris).

CPIA is supporting a trial that has non-recycled plastic marine debris collected and recyled back into oil, repurposed for another use.

UpGyres and its partners are at the research and development stage for recovering waste microfibres from washing machine effluent. They support the banning of microplastics as ingredient in consumer products.