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Turning used plastic into new opportunity

Turning used plastic into new opportunity

May 19, 2021 at 2:56 pm  BC, News, Politics

The CleanBC Plastics Action Fund supports B.C. businesses to create new value from used plastics.

This is done by including more recycled material in the manufacturing of products, keeping plastic out of landfills and the environment.

Applications for funding were screened on selection criteria, including:

  • impact of the project on jobs and economic recovery;
  • alignment with the fund objectives, including the use of more postconsumer recycled (PCR) plastics in manufacturing; and
  • innovation and feasibility to complete the project by Dec. 31, 2021.

The fund also provides benefits for women, youth, and Indigenous people by creating employment opportunities and supporting community-based initiatives.

Total funding of $5 million (including $345,000 for administration costs) will support nine projects throughout British Columbia and create almost 100 jobs. The dollar values below represent the provincial funding portion only. 

Flipside Plastics – Victoria
Flipside is an innovative startup focused on micro recycling and manufacturing to better manage waste locally. Funding will support the company’s pilot project to gather and process plastic waste and upcycle it into new products for sale on Vancouver Island.
$50,000

K-C Recycling Ltd. – Trail
Funding will support plant upgrades to process plastic waste casings associated with lead-acid car batteries. The higher value pelletized PCR plastic will be used in B.C. to manufacture new car batteries.
$852,997

Kootenay Outdoor and Environmental Learning Society – Rossland
Funding will support processing hard-to-recycle plastics, such as fridge inserts, to produce goods for the local ski community. This is a non-profit society that also plans an education and demonstration centre to showcase circular solutions for small communities.
$14,000

Merlin Plastics – Delta
Funding will support upgrading equipment to increase the supply of PCR plastic to be used as feedstock in new food-grade packaging by increasing the capacity to process recycled polyethylene and improving the quality of polypropylene.
$1,560,000

Metaspectral – Vancouver
Funding will be used to develop computer vision, artificial intelligence and robotics to sort consumer waste, increase efficiency in processing materials and improve the quality of PCR plastic.
$307,533

Plascon Plastics Corporation – Delta
Funding will allow Plascon to manufacture the first child-safe cannabis container made from 100% PCR plastic, by combining its experience making PCR injection-moulded products with its manufacturing of child-safe products out of virgin materials.
$600,000

Reclaim Plastics – Burnaby
The company specializes in recycling and remanufacturing plastic bumper covers for automobiles. Funding will scale up operations and allow it to recycle other automotive plastics that have not been abstracted to date.
$667,000

Recycling Alternative – Vancouver
Recycling Alternatives has a highly localized urban solution for processing PCR plastic in Vancouver and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with transporting waste. This funding will increase its capacity to both sort and process plastic, enabling the creation of more high-quality PCR plastic to be used in local manufacturing. Recycling Alternative has strong hiring for diversity and is a partner in the Indigenous Recycling Employment Entry Program.
$563,470

The Rogerie – Kelowna
Funding will support taking high-density polyethylene plastic jugs from zero-waste stores and recycling them into moulded products that the zero-waste stores will then sell. This will provide an opportunity to address waste locally, with the potential to scale up to multiple micro-recycling facilities in B.C. and Canada.
$40,000

Total funding: $4,655,000
Total jobs: 88.5

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