Alliance formed to promote better use and recycling of plastics



The three major trade associations for the plastics industry in the U.S. and Canada today announced plans to formalize existing collaboration on programs and initiatives that benefit the North American industry.

The Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association and SPI:  The Plastics Industry Trade Association will continue working together on key industry priorities through a virtual structure called the North American Plastics Alliance (NAPA).

The three organizations that comprise the Alliance believe they can be more effective and efficient while providing increased value to their members by acting in a coordinated manner on select initiatives. The initial priorities for enhanced collaboration by the Alliance will be:

  • Pellet Containment: Extension of Operation Clean Sweep to broaden pellet containment efforts in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere
  • Energy Recovery: Promotion and facilitation of energy recovery and conversion of used plastics  to complement recycling
    Plastics Favorability: Increasing the favorability of plastics with key stakeholders
  • Advocacy: targeted advocacy with policy makers to support the growth of the plastics industry
  • A Steering Team with member and staff representatives from each association will direct the collaborative programs and initiatives of the North American Plastics Alliance.

'This new collaboration is a logical extension of the work we do on behalf of our members and will make CPIA's voice on behalf of the Canadian plastics industry even stronger.  Many of our issues cross the Canada-U.S. border and working together with other national organizations will help us focus our resources where they can make a difference for the industry, ' said Greg Wilkinson,  Interim President and CEO, CPIA

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) is the national voice of Canada's plastics value chain, representing the interests of processors, recyclers, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and brand owners.

Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI's member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers.

The U.S. plastics industry employs nearly 1 million workers and provides $327 billion in annual shipments.  SPI produces the triennial NPE trade show.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry.

The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports.

'Companies throughout the plastics value chain face common challenges, and by working together to demonstrate the collective value of our industry in terms of jobs, local economics and product innovation,' said Steve Russell, Vice President of Plastics, American Chemistry Council.

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