ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution partner to launch closed-loop North American polystyrene recycling consortium

• Three industry leaders collaborate to close loop by recycling single-serve polystyrene packaging
• Advanced recycling technology will help to reduce amount of polystyrene packaging going to landfill
• Canadian solution to tackle the global problem of plastic pollution in waterways and oceans

Today at the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, three industry leaders involved with post-consumer packaging recovery – ReVital Polymers, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution – announced a strategic partnership to recycle polystyrene packaging collected in consumer curbside and depot recycling systems as well as other sources such as restaurants, offices, schools and universities.

The collaboration will use advanced recycling technology pioneered by Pyrowave that will close the loop by recycling single-serve polystyrene packaging and utilizing recycled polystyrene in the manufacturing of new products and packaging. This Canadian solution will not only reduce the amount of polystyrene packaging going to landfill, but will also address the global problem of plastic pollution in marine environments.

Polystyrene is mostly known for its use in foam and rigid packaging, containers, cups and utensils commonly used for food and beverage delivery in supermarkets and take-out food service. By enabling this ground-breaking recycling chain, ReVital, Pyrowave and INEOS Styrolution will change the way post-consumer polystyrene packaging is recycled in an integrated, restorative and regenerative manner that maintains the material’s highest utility and value within a circular economy.

ReVital Polymers Inc., located in Sarnia, Ontario, is a member of the Circular Polymers Group, and a North American leader in processing post-consumer plastics. ReVital will install Pyrowave’s Catalytic Microwave Depolymerization (CMD) technology as part of its plastics recycling process. Pyrowave’s award-winning microwave machine will convert ReVital’s sorted post-consumer polystyrene packaging to a liquid that contains plastic building blocks, called monomers, which will then be used by INEOS Styrolution.

INEOS Styrolution is a global leader in styrenics that manufactures and supplies polystyrene for various food service packaging applications and consumer goods products. INEOS Styrolution will process the material from ReVital and Pyrowave in a final step to return it to virgin resin that can be made into any new polystyrene application.

Pyrowave’s technology, the connecting link between the ReVital and INEOS Styrolution, provides a process that makes polystyrene infinitely recyclable even with colour additives and food residue.
“This is a game changer for consumers and for municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional recycling programs,” said Keith Bechard, Chief Commercial Officer at ReVital Polymers Inc. “Polystyrene packaging, regardless of colour, food residue or odours, can be successfully added to recycling programs. When these materials are shipped to ReVital, they will be recycled into a high-value material that closes the loop. For ReVital, this project is an opportunity to increase our range of acceptable feedstock, increase the recovery rate for residential and commercial recycling programs and increase our value proposition to customers.”

The three companies are committed to reducing the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfill or contaminates the world’s waterways and oceans.

“Although we know there is a lot of polystyrene waste around us, surprisingly the challenge we face is the lack of available material because it is not properly recovered,” said Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave. “Pyrowave’s technology expands the range of acceptable polystyrene feedstock, making it possible to build a new value chain that links ReVital’s processing expertise with INEOS Styrolution’s global end-market capacity.”

The Pyrowave process is an example of how innovation in diversion technology goes beyond resin-to-resin recycling technologies. Bechard noted: “These new technologies can improve recovery capabilities, drive our societies closer to zero waste and enhance circular economy objectives. We are very excited to bring our years of expertise in large-scale plastic recycling operations to support the commercialization of Pyrowave’s technology. We want to be the leader in adopting new circular technologies applied to recycling and our expertise in innovation makes it a perfect fit for our company.”

The industry would like to send the signal that post-consumer polystyrene can now be accepted through various collection programs. New technologies like Pyrowave are generating chemicals that are used by the manufacturers as feedstock to make new products and close the loop.

“INEOS Styrolution is extremely excited about this project, which brings together major players across the value chain with a smart solution to recycle polystyrene through new innovative technologies,” said Ricardo Cuetos, Vice President Americas, Standard Products, INEOS Styrolution America LLC. “Chemical recycling enables us to close the loop and prevents valuable waste from entering our lands, waterways and oceans.”

Polystyrene is versatile, inexpensive to produce, lightweight to transport and has a low carbon footprint compared to other packaging materials. The insulating properties of foam containers helps keep food at the desired temperature. But this material, like many other single-use packaging applications, suffers from poor recycling rates due to major limitations in recovering and utilizing soiled post-consumer containers.

The support from the public and private sector has been essential in developing Pyrowave’s technology and this project will continue to generate economical value and create and maintain jobs in the plastic recycling industry while strengthening the development of a more sustainable chemical industry. This project shows that innovative technologies developed in Canada can enable new circular business models, create new economical benefits and help solve a growing global environmental problem.

About ReVital Polymers Inc.
As a clean technology company, ReVital Polymers Inc. is contributing to Ontario’s transition to a circular and low carbon economy. Opened in 2017 and centrally located in Sarnia, Ontario, ReVital is the first facility in Canada, and one of the newest and most advanced recovery facilities in North America, that combines a Container Recovery Facility (CRF) and a Plastics Recovery Facility (PRF) in one location. It is a stable, dependable end-market for plastic packaging and products recovered in municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) recycling programs in Ontario, across Canada and throughout the USA.

ReVital’s proprietary process incorporates state-of-the-art technology that sorts and converts recovered plastics into discrete resin types, tailored to specific customer end-use applications. This approach ensures ReVital improves recovery rates for end-of-life products and packaging, extends material value and utility, and allows manufacturers and retailers to offer new products that incorporate recycled content. ReVital has capacity to meet the plastics recycling needs of municipalities in central Canada as well as the US mid-west, bringing recovered resources back to Canada to add value to Canada’s recycling and manufacturing industries and local economy.

ReVital is a member of the Circular Polymers Group (CPG) along with Merlin Plastics Group located in British Columbia an Emterra Group, headquartered in Ontario. CPG is North America’s largest plastics recycling consortium.

www.revitalpolymers.com
Contact: Keith Bechard, Chief Commercial Officer, ReVital Polymers Inc.
P. 519.332.0430, # 108 / C. 416.919.6499 / E: Keith.Bechard@revitalpolymers.com

 

About Pyrowave
Pyrowave is the leading original equipment manufacturer of plastic depolymerisation equipment using its patented Catalytic Microwave Depolymerization (CMD) technology. Pyrowave sells and leases small modular machine to recycling facilities that converts plastic waste into useful chemicals. Pyrowave offers turnkey service for treatment of the output including purification and brokerage. Pyrowave’s turnkey service and equipment technology enhances the rate and the range of recyclable materials, reduces logistics costs and produce higher value end products from waste plastics – products such as recycled wax, oil and monomers. Pyrowave has a growing impact on the environment by promoting resource efficiency. Its technology will reduce waste landfilling, waste incineration and waste hauling via a net positive energy process.

www.pyrowave.com
Contact: Samuel Lessard
samuel.lessard@edelman.com
P. 514.844.6665,ext. 5871

 

About INEOS Styrolution
INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including Automotive, Electronics, Household, Construction, Healthcare, Packaging and Toys/ Sports/ Leisure. In 2017, sales were at 5.3 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,300 people and operates 18 production sites in nine countries.
www.ineos-styrolution.com

Contact: Dr. Ralf Leinemann, Global Manager PR & Marketing Communications
ralf.leinemann@ineos.com
Phone: +49 69 509550-1366

 

The solution to global plastic pollution is right here in Canada

A newly formed, plastics recycling consortium with nearly 75 years of combined experience recovering, processing and marketing waste resource materials says that the solution to the alarming problem of global plastics pollution can be found right here in Canada.

Canadian plastics recycling veterans and entrepreneurs Tony Moucachen and Emmie Leung have combined the significant market presence of their three extended plastics processing and recycling companies, Merlin Plastics Group, ReVital Polymers, and Emterra Group, to launch North America’s largest plastics recycling consortium – Circular Polymers Group (CPG).

These companies currently operate 38 multi-materials handling and recycling facilities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario as well as in Oregon, California and Michigan in the United States. In 2017, this group collected and recycled well over 136 million kilograms of plastics from residential curbside recycling systems, beverage container deposit-return systems and the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors across Canada and the USA.

This recycling activity is backed by $300 million of installed capital and supports 1,500 jobs that drive a growing circular economy for plastics.

“While each of our companies will continue to do business individually, we’ll be working synergistically to offer our customers the combined knowledge of 75 years of recycling expertise, state-of-the art technology, and solutions-oriented, strategic thinking. Circular Polymers Group is a consortium company that is truly greater than the sum of its parts,” Moucachen says.

CPG believes that with its 2018 presidency of the G7, Canada has the opportunity to lead global change on how plastics are valued, used, recovered, reused and recycled.

“Canada has the knowledge and the tools to make change happen now,” Leung says. “As a starter, the Canadian government can assist developing countries in tailoring regulatory approaches that require consumer product companies to take responsibility for recycling their waste plastic packaging and products. It can assist in the transfer of Canadian technologies to collect, sort and recycle plastics. We have the best of the best recyclers right here in Canada. Implemented in developing countries, this combination of policies and best practice will dramatically reduce the eight million tonnes of plastics discharged to the world’s oceans every year.”

Under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), producers such as consumer product companies, whose products and packaging end up as waste, must ensure recycling of those wastes. In turn, the demand for more effective recycling technology drives the development of innovative plastics sorting, improves traditional mechanical processing, and supports emerging technologies like chemical recycling that converts plastic resins to original molecules. As a result, in provinces like British Columbia, a wide range of plastics are collected and recycled back into food and beverage packaging as well as non-food packaging, consumer goods and durable products such as automotive parts.

“We have created hundreds of recycling jobs just to address a tiny fraction of the available waste plastics in North America. We still have a long way to go towards zero plastic waste. British Columbia, Canada has the most effective EPR implementation in North America. Working with producers there, we have designed, built and operated efficient and innovative packaging collection, sorting and recycling systems and created new end markets for these recycled materials that have eliminated the need to export plastic waste for recycling. This is a tremendous resource for any government looking to achieve real change in diversion best practices,” Moucachen said.

Leung points out: “The bulk of the plastics entering the world’s oceans comes from a handful of countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Thailand and Malaysia. By adapting the regulatory model for EPR that is emerging in Canada, these countries could aggressively address the ocean plastic pollution problem, reduce greenhouse gases associated with plastic production and disposal and drive local economic development that converts plastic waste into circular economy jobs.”

About Circular Polymers Group

The principals of Circular Polymers Group are:
 Tony Moucachen, President of Merlin Plastics Group and ReVital Polymers Inc.
 Emmie Leung, Chief Executive Officer of Emterra Group and ReVital Polymers Inc.

Forty-two years ago, Emmie Leung, an immigrant woman from Hong Kong, established a fledgling company that grew to become Emterra Group. It was among the first businesses in North America dedicated to recovering resources from post-consumer products and packaging. www.emterra.ca

Tony Moucachen, a Lebanese immigrant, started Merlin Plastics Group a few years later. It is now one of the largest plastics recycling companies in North America supplying recycled plastics to multi-national producers of products and packaging. www.merlinplastics.com

Today, these affiliated companies, Emterra Group (headquartered in Burlington, Ontario), Merlin Plastics Group (headquartered in Delta, British Columbia) and ReVital Polymers Inc. (headquartered in Sarnia, Ontario), represent the entrepreneurial energies of two Canadians who saw waste materials differently – something to be recovered and used continuously in a circular economy. Together, they have been able to grow these resource recovery businesses into one of North America’s largest post-consumer plastics collection and recycling enterprises – a testament to Canada as an open society that fosters opportunity, inclusivity, and encourages technological innovation.

Sarnia Plastics Recycler Wants Municipalities’ Blue Box Black Plastic

ReVital Polymers Inc., one of Canada’s largest plastics recycling company that is located in Sarnia, Ontario says that black plastics collected in recycling programs are an important resource and feedstock for its recycling business. ReVital’s customers use recycled black plastic to manufacture products such as new automobile parts and household goods like containers and shelving. 

ReVital is Canada’s first recycling plant that combines a Container Recovery Facility and a Plastics Recovery Facility under one roof. The process of transforming incoming mixed plastic bales into recycled plastic pellets takes less than 25 minutes to complete. ReVital plans to expand the range of materials it accepts from recycling programs next year. Clients in the household goods, construction and automotive sectors purchase ReVital’s recycled plastic pellets to make a range of new products.

“No one I know thinks it’s right to use a plastic product or package once and then send it to the landfill,” said Keith Bechard, ReVital’s Chief Commercial Officer. “In Ontario alone, about 1,405 tonnes of black plastics are generated annually. That would fill more than 70 transport trucks parked end-to-end stretching for 1.7 kilometers. That is a significant amount of valuable material and that’s why we invested in the technology to recover black plastics.”

Bechard said recent Toronto media reports claiming that black plastic trays and containers are unrecyclable have caused great confusion for the public, not just in Ontario but across Canada.

“The Toronto media reports were specific to that community’s recycling program and their recycling service provider,” he said. “The City and their service provider’s limitations are not reflective of the rest of the recycling industry in Ontario and Canada.”

In fact, municipalities across the province of Ontario and beyond, including Ottawa, Kingston, Durham and Windsor, have been shipping mixed plastics to ReVital’s 188,000-square-foot plastics recycling operation since it opened in February 2017.

Bechard said the market for black recycled plastics is strong.

“In fact, we turn most of these high value materials into customized and highly engineered resins that are tailored to specific customer end-use applications. This customized approach ensures ReVital improves recovery rates for end-of-life products and packaging, extends material value and utility, and allows our automotive and consumer household product customers to manufacture new products that incorporate recycled content,” he said.

Leader in Advanced Plastics Recycling and Recovery Officially Opens: Expects to Add to Sarnia’s and Ontario’s Green Economy

ReVital Polymers Inc., Canada’s first recycling facility that combines a Container Recovery Facility (CRF) and a Plastics Recovery Facility (PRF) in one location held its official opening on Friday, October 20. The Sarnia facility is now one of the newest and most advanced plastics recycling and recovery plants in North America.

Among the dignitaries on hand to help launch the new facility were Arthur Potts, MPP (Beaches-East York) and Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change; Michael Bradley, Mayor of the City of Sarnia; Bob Bailey, MPP (Lambton-Sarnia); and Carol Hochu, President and CEO of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. ReVital owners Tony Moucachen, President, and Emmie Leung, CEO, welcomed more than 60 guests.

Pictured for the plastics ribbon cutting ceremony at ReVital Polymers grand open are pictured left to right: Tony Moucachen, President, ReVital Polymers, Carol Hochu, President and CEO, Canadian Plastics Industry Association, Bob Bailey, MPP (Lambton-Sarnia), Emmie Leung, CEO, ReVital Polymers, Arthur Potts, MPP (Beaches-East York), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Keith Bechard, Chief Commercial Officer, ReVital Polymers and Michael Bradley, Mayor, City of Sarnia.

ReVital stands out from other plastic recyclers in the industry, said Ms. Leung.

“ReVital’s proprietary process incorporates state-of-the-art technology that sorts and converts waste plastics into discrete resin types that are then tailored to specific customer end-use applications. The difference between us and other plastic recyclers is that our resins can be used in high-end, high-value applications, like new plastic bottles and containers, household consumer products and automotive parts, as compared to drain pipes and plastic lumber, which are typical end-uses of recycled plastic,” Leung pointed out.

ReVital is part of Ontario’s clean technology industry, contributing to Sarnia’s and the province’s green economy.

President Tony Moucachen said ReVital “contributes to the provincial goal of creating a circular economy as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by meeting demand for post-consumer and post-industrial engineered recycled resin.”

He said that through its customized approach, ReVital “improves recovery rates for end-of-life products and packaging, extends material value and utility through better end-of-life management and allows manufacturers and retailers to offer new products that incorporate recycled content.”

In operation for under a year, the ReVital facility is already a commercial success. It has the capacity to meet the plastics recycling needs of central Canada as well as the mid-west of the US, bringing recovered resources back to Canada to add value to Canada’s recycling industry and local economy.

Leung and Moucachen, well-known veterans in the paper products and packaging recycling industry, formed a partnership last year to acquire the 180,000-square foot recycling facility located on Lougar Avenue.

They made considerable investments, adding state-of-the-art processing equipment, including optical sorters that use an infrared technology to “read” material types and sort them into discrete resin categories for further washing, grinding, formulation and extrusion.

Tony Moucachen is the founder and President of Merlin Plastics Group, a pioneer of the North American plastic packaging recycling and remarketing industry. He started Merlin Plastics in 1987 and today, it serves customers throughout Canada and the USA, processing rigid and flexible plastic packaging for remanufacturing into new products. Merlin Plastics has made substantial achievements in research, development and commercialization and obtained FDA approvals for its recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP) resin.

Emmie Leung is the founder and CEO of Emterra Group, which employs more than 1,100 people through four divisions across Canada and in the US State of Michigan. Emterra offers municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) customers a fully integrated approach to collecting, processing and marketing recyclables, organic waste, waste, and scrap tires and offers secure product destruction. The company annually markets more than 500,000 tonnes of recyclables and has more than 30 facilities, including six state-of-the-art single stream recycling facilities and a facility that converts liquid waste into ethanol. Emterra is one of Canada’s most progressive users of alternative green fleet technologies, with 35 per cent of its fleet powered by compressed natural Gas (CNG) and a network of four CNG fuelling stations.

Merlin Plastics Group and Emterra Group are business partners in another venture that provides end-of-life management services for recyclable materials collected in British Columbia’s Recycle BC extended producer responsibility program for packaging and printed paper.

Canada’s First Container and Plastics Recovery Facility

As a clean technology company, ReVital Polymers Inc. is contributing to Ontario’s transition to a circular economy. Recently opened and centrally located in the City of Sarnia, Ontario, ReVital is the first facility in Canada, and one of the newest and most advanced recovery facilities in North America, that combines a Container Recovery Facility (CRF) and a Plastics Recovery Facility (PRF) in one location.

It is a stable, dependable end-market for plastic packaging and products recovered in municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) recycling programs in Ontario, across Canada and throughout the USA. Its sister CRF, located in New Westminster, British Columbia, represents more than $20 million in new investment and is the cornerstone of that province’s extended producer responsibility program (via Recycle BC) for packaging and printed paper (PPP). These are the only two CRFs in Canada.

ReVital’s proprietary process incorporates state-of-the-art technology that sorts and converts recovered plastics into discrete resin types, tailored to specific customer end-use applications. This customized approach ensures ReVital improves recovery rates for end-of-life products and packaging, extends material value and utility through better end-of-life management and allows manufacturers and retailers to offer new products that incorporate recycled content.

ReVital also recycles the entire spectrum of paper and metal that is part of plastic packaging. This fully integrated system closes the recycling loop and provides a viable domestic market in North America that is critical as traditional overseas markets shrink in the wake of China’s National Sword announcement, which proposes a ban on imports of 24 categories of recovered waste resources.

ReVital is owned and operated by two circular economy pioneers, Emmie Leung and Tony Moucachen.

Emmie is the founder and CEO of Emterra Group, a national leader in waste resources management that annually markets more than 500,000 tonnes of recyclables. Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Emterra offers municipal and ICI customers across Canada and in the State of Michigan an integrated approach to collecting, processing and marketing recyclables, organic waste, liquid waste, waste and used tires. Emterra has more than a dozen material recovery facilities, including a secure waste liquid processing plant in Hamilton that generates a closed loop, industrial grade ethanol. Emterra is one of Canada’s most progressive and largest users of cleaner-running compressed natural gas trucks. www.emterra.ca

Tony is the founder and president of Merlin Plastics Group that is headquartered in Delta, British Columbia. Merlin is a well-recognized veteran of the North American plastic packaging recycling and remarketing industry. Serving customers throughout Canada and the USA, Merlin processes industrial and post-consumer rigid and flexible plastic packaging through its network of plants in British Columbia, Alberta, Oregon and California and has obtained two FDA-approvals for post-consumer resin PET flake for food contact in consumer food packaging applications. www.merlinplastics.com

New Sarnia-based Plastic Packaging Recycler Named ReVital Polymers

March 23, 2017

Waste resources and recycling industry veterans Tony Moucachen and Emmie Leung have announced the name of their Ontario-based plastic packaging recycling company – ReVital Polymers Inc. – and unveiled a new website, revitalpolymers.com.

Ms. Leung and Mr. Moucachen formed a partnership last summer to acquire the assets of Entropex including a 180,000-square foot recycling facility located in Sarnia, Ontario to form ReVital Polymers Inc. ReVital recovers post-consumer and post-industrial plastics and processes these materials into discrete resin types, tailoring them to specific customer end use applications.

“Our process allows us to customize production to meet the specific needs of our customers, contributing to more sustainable products made from recycled content,” Moucachen said. He noted that ReVital recycles the entire spectrum of product package including paper and metal, integrating it into the reverse supply chain that feeds the development of new products and packaging.

A key driver of the new company is its commitment to the circular economy. Leung said ReVital is “offering programs and services that will improve recovery rates for producers and increase material value through better end-of-life management. Our high quality post-consumer recycled resins generate greater economic and environmental returns on the three levels of materials management – for consumers, the economy and the environment.”

Tony Moucachen, founder and President of Merlin Plastics Group, is a pioneer of the North American plastic packaging recycling and remarketing industry. He started Merlin Plastics in 1987 and today, Merlin Plastics serves customers throughout Canada and the USA, processing industrial and post-consumer rigid and flexible plastic packaging. Merlin Plastics and Emterra are business partners in another venture that processes and markets recyclable materials collected in British Columbia’s Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) extended producer responsibility program for packaging and printed paper.

Emmie Leung is the founder and CEO of Emterra Group, which employs more than 1,100 people through four divisions located across Canada and in the State of Michigan, USA. Emterra offers municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) customers a fully integrated approach to collecting, processing and marketing waste, recyclables, organic waste, and used tires and offers secure product destruction. The company annually markets more than 500,000 tonnes of recyclables and has more than a dozen material recovery facilities, including five state-of-the-art single stream recycling facilities featuring advanced recycling technology such as packaging and paper optical sorters. Emterra is one of Canada’s most progressive users of alternative green fleet technologies, with 35% of its fleet powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and a network of four CNG fuelling stations.

Veteran North American Recyclers Create Partnership to Revitalize Plastics Recycler Entropex

March 1, 2017

(Announced October 16, 2016)

Two veterans of the North American consumer packaging recycling industry, Emmie Leung and Tony Moucachen, announced today they have formed a partnership to purchase the assets of Entropex, a Canadian company based in Sarnia, Ontario. Entropex processed post-consumer rigid plastic packaging for the manufacturing of new, sustainable consumer and automotive products.

Entropex has been in receivership since July 14, 2016. President Keith Bechard said in a statement issued at the time that despite best efforts, the company had “struggled to meet financial challenges caused by the dramatic decline in oil prices and the very competitive business environment.”

A court-appointed receiver, MNP Ltd. of London, Ontario, had been seeking a buyer. The court announced approval of the Leung-Moucachen purchase proposal today.

Leung and Moucachen said they will restart the company in a staged manner and with a new name that will reflect a fresh vision and mission.

Their vision for the new company is to create sustainable, post-consumer, plastic material products that contribute to the circular economy by preserving their utility and value over their extended lifecycle.

“Our aim will be to create products that help our customers – producers and brand owners –achieve the best possible environmental outcomes that result in cost efficient end-of-life product management,” Moucachen said.

Leung said it will be a challenge to turn the company around but that she and Moucachen are committed to revitalizing the business and bringing green economy jobs back to the Sarnia area.

“We understand the need to develop and deliver programs and services to customers to improve recovery and value throughout the reverse supply chain. We’ll be taking a long look at how we can provide effective, sustainable and responsible solutions to plastics recycling that maximize the value of the recovered materials in closed-loop cycles,” she said.

Tony Moucachen is the founder and CEO of Merlin Plastics Group. A pioneer in North America in plastic packaging recycling and remarketing, he started the company in 1987. Today, Merlin Plastics serves customers throughout Canada and the USA, processing industrial and post-consumer rigid and flexible plastic packaging. Merlin Plastics and Emterra are business partners in another venture which processes and markets recyclables collected in British Columbia’s Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) extended producer responsibility program for packaging and printed paper.

Also a recognized pioneer in the waste resources and recovery industry, Emmie Leung is founder and CEO of Emterra Group. It employs more than 1,000 people through four divisions located across Canada and in the State of Michigan, USA. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Emterra offers municipal and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) customers a fully integrated approach to collecting, processing and marketing waste, recyclables, organic waste, used tires and secure product destruction. The company annually markets more than 500,000 tonnes of recyclables and has more than a dozen material recovery facilities, including five state-of-the art single stream recyclables processing facilities featuring the most advanced recycling technology such as packaging and paper optical sorters. Emterra is one of Canada’s most progressive users of alternative green fleet technologies, with 35% of its fleet powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and a network of four CNG fuelling stations.