The two-year project which was launched in 2021 is part of the Circular Plastics in the Americas Program addressing the issue of plastic waste as part of the EU commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The collaborative activities it undertakes aim to support the transition toward more sustainable production and consumption and, boost ongoing national processes to create opportunities for a sustainable and circular plastics economy. 

Reducing Plastic Waste in Canada aims to deepen knowledge, strengthen approaches, and accelerate the implementation of solutions through a series of targeted activities such as peer-to-peer exchanges, workshops, knowledge development reports, study tour and, dissemination activities. The project recognizes the complex backdrop of actors and commitments leading actions in Canada and is appropriately focusing its activities to collaborate with key influencers in advancing solutions to broader audiences in support of Canada’s National Strategy and Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste.

The two-year programme of activities which started in 2021 to January 2023 will broaden the interactions between Canadian governments, leading business and advocacy organizations and EU counterparts in five areas key to a circular economy: 

  • extended-producer responsibility;
  • best practices in product design and public education;
  • efficient technologies for a circular economy;
  • value retention practices and alternatives to single-use products, and
  • circular procurement practices and tools. 

Read the first set of stories: 

  1. The European Union’s (EU) New Circular Economy Action Plan 2020 is at the heart of Europe’s agenda for sustainable growth and a key part of the EU’s comprehensive 2021 “NextGeneration” post-pandemic recovery plan
  2. The Landmark EU Green Deal’s 2022 Ecodesign Requirements for Products are Currently Under Development
  3. Implementation of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy Leads to Opportunities for Innovation in the Plastics Value Chain
  4. Five Essential Findings from the Recently Released Re-shaping Plastics – Pathways to a Circular, Climate Neutral Plastic System in Europe
  5. The Circular Plastics Alliance – an Innovative EU Initiative within an Overarching Industrial Strategy that Promotes Collaboration
  6. Biodegradable Plastics – Solution or Problem?
  7. Addressing Ocean Plastic Pollution through Bycatch – an Innovative Concept to Reduce Pollution and Provide Employment

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