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The road to auto plastic recovery

There are not currently technologies capable of recycling all of the different plastic and multi-resin parts found in vehicles.

A circular economy for auto plastics

In addition to the hands-on elements of the road map, six actions were recommended to move Canada forward toward a circular economy for auto plastics:

Action #1: Clarify the federal government and CCME’s plans and actions to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.

Action #2: Engage the Canadian automotive industry to become leaders in policies, plans, and actions to increase automotive plastics reuse, recycling, and recovery, and to reduce overall automotive plastic waste generation. 

Action #3: Measure and track reliable data on current auto plastic waste generation, reuse, recycling, and auto plastics waste diversion.

Action #4: Establish a multi-stakeholder body to focus on automotive plastics and other aftermarket critical issues.

Action #5: Investments in auto plastics reuse/recycling innovations, collection and processing infrastructure, and skills training are critically needed.

Action #6: The Canadian and global automotive sector is undergoing profound and positive changes. The shift toward electric vehicles presents a unique opportunity to design new EV products with a “design for environment” mindset, allowing for easier removal of plastics with repair, reuse, and recycling in mind.

Steve Fletcher is the managing director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) association.

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