By Carol Hochu, President and CEO, CPIA

There’s still some summer days left to enjoy but it won't be long before the dreaded "f" word – fall – will start. Canadian children everywhere will soon head back to class, and busy personal and professional event schedules will begin to ramp up at a pace that doesn't stop until the "c" word – Christmas – hits. (I kid you not; the trees are already in Costco!)

But before we all get ahead of ourselves, team CPIA has enjoyed a busy August, executing on 2014 plans and preparing for 2015. Here’s a short list of what we’ve been up to…

  • With member input, CPIA submission made to Nova Scotia Environment on proposed changes to the provincial solid waste regulations to keep the programs efficient and sustainable, provide a high level of environmental protection, and create economic opportunities in the province www.novascotia.ca/nse/waste/consultation.asp
  • Met with current and prospective CPIA members including Mexichem; PolyOne Corporation; Husky Injection Molding Systems; Drader Manufacturing Industries Limited; EFS-plastics Inc.; Polyform; BASF; and Ply Gem to name but a few
  • CPIA’s foam plastics group held a call to discuss sampling, fire testing, engineering evaluation, and listing of wall assemblies
  • CPIA’s Post-Use Resource Recovery Committee met to review 2014’s many successes and consider 2015’s plan of attack to divert plastics from landfill into recycling and energy from waste programs
  • Met with a number of stakeholder groups and partners (including Waste Diversion Ontario’s Continuous Improvement Fund, Stewardship Ontario, Retail Council of Canada, Recyc-Quebec, City of Montreal and Regional Municipality of Halton) to review progress on current Post Use programs and discuss 2015 partnership opportunities for end-of-life management of post-consumer plastics
  • Calls with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters re: Canadian Manufacturing Coalition’s Federal government 2015 budget submission
  • CPIA’s Vapour Barrier group held a call to discuss a work plan for the reaffirmation of the vapour barrier standard
  • Co-authored an Opinion Editorial in “Plastics News” to celebrate the 3rd year anniversary of NAPA (North American Plastics Alliance), and participated in Canadian Plastics magazine roundtable, providing opinion on a range of different issues including the state of the plastics industry overall, challenges and opportunities in the sector, how developments like reshoring and natural gas fracking can have impacts going forward, etc.
  • Hosted a breakfast session at the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to highlight how the industry has been working in partnership to reduce plastics in landfill and how plastics make important contributions to all sectors of society to conserve resources, energy, protect our health, environment and improve our quality of life.

September and beyond sees our various event schedules indeed ramp up, including the CPIA Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting (where I look forward to participating in Imperial Oil Limited’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup project), the Global Plastics Summit in Chicago, the inaugural meeting of the North American Plastics Recycling Association (NAPRA) in New Orleans, and the Plastic Film Manufacturers Association of Canada (PFMAC) Fall General Meeting, to name but a few.

September also signifies a career milestone for one of our own. Gloria Zizek, CPIA’s Accounting Associate, will be celebrating her 20th year of employment with CPIA on September 21, 2014. With the CPIA board, members and staff, I want to extend to Gloria our best wishes on this special occasion, thank her for her dedication and enthusiasm over the years, and of course wish her continued success for many years to come.