Report on Plastics Stranded by Market Situation

The current China market restrictions have resulted in concerns about shipments being rejected at entry ports, potentially leaving recyclers and brokers with stranded tonnes. As part of the effort to address this situation, The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has launched a confidential online tool for recyclers and brokers to report on recovered plastics for which they have no market or that have been rejected by overseas markets.

We urge all recyclers to participate in this initiative to provide information about the plastic materials that are not moving to end markets. The tool can be accessed at:

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The data provided will be aggregated to arrive at total tonnes that are currently stranded. All individual user data will be kept confidential and will not be revealed. The tool requests information about the plastic materials that your program (or your customers’ programs) collect, focusing on plastic types that have been rejected or stranded and what is being done to manage these materials now. Where information is requested about total tonnages of stranded materials, estimates are acceptable to help CPIA understand the magnitude of the challenge.

Information gathered will inform discussions within the end-market industry about investment in new domestic (North American) markets or the potential for taking advantage of capacity that may open up in existing markets. CPIA is collaborating with partner organizations to discuss how to build options to Chinese import markets.

For more information about how findings will be used, please contact Joe Hruska, CPIA VP for Sustainability, jhruska@plastics.ca or phone 416.930.1796.