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CSSA’s progress on its plastic commitments released in New Global Commitment report

Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance is a proud endorser of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment’s common vision of a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste.

Today, the Global Commitment released its first progress report. CSSA’s progress on its commitments can be found starting on page 337 here.

As the administrator of Recycle BC’s full producer responsibility program for packaging and paper product, CSSA committed to ensuring that Recycle BC achieves its plastic targets as follows:

  • General plastic target of 50% by 2025
    • Progress: 2018 recovery rate was 42%
  • Rigid plastic target of 55% by 2022; and 60% by 2025
    • Progress: 2018 recovery rate was 54%
  • Flexible plastic target of 22% by 2022; and 25% by 2025
    • Progress: 2018 recover rate was 19%

CSSA also committed to the following:

  • We will collaborate with businesses and governments in order to help increase reuse/recycling/composting rates for plastics;
  • We will advocate for a system of harmonized Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations across Canada as a critical mechanism for developing circular supply chains; and
  • We will advocate for public procurement policies that require increasing amounts of recycled content in packaging and products and 100% recyclable plastic packaging as effective and visible means of promoting circular economy outcomes.

Launched in October 2018, the Global Commitment now has over 400 organizations committed to eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging, and innovating so that all plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and can be safely and easily circulated without becoming waste or pollution.

See the Global Commitment website for more information on this initiative.