The Boards of Directors of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) are conducting their due diligence on a planned merger of the two organizations. Assuming all is well, final agreements and a recommendation to members will be put forward in first quarter 2020, with a target closing date of Canada Day 2020.
The plastics industry would be represented by a new plastics division within CIAC and would be operational in July 2020.
CIAC and CPIA have a history of working collaboratively on projects and issues, particularly those that touch on the environment. In 2018, CIAC and CPIA and their members jointly announced ambitious waste reduction targets of 100% of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040 and 100% of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030. Additionally, they agreed to a broader commitment to Operation Clean Sweep, an international effort to keep resin pellets, flakes and powders out of oceans.
Environmental advocacy is one of the drivers of the merger, confirms Carol Hochu, CEO of CPIA.
“It’s a rapidly changing environment for plastics in Canada (and beyond), including strong headwinds facing the industry,” says Hochu via e-mail to EcoLog News. “By joining forces across the value chain, we hope to have a great voice and more clout to address the issues of the day, meet the expectations of our members and to support common sense policy making in Canada.”