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Plastic packaging help to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Plastic packaging help to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

A study, "Impact of Plastics Packaging on Life Cycle Energy Consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the US and Canada", showed that six major categories of plastic packaging help to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to other materials.

These categories include caps and closures, beverage containers, other rigid containers, carrier (or shopping) bags, stretch/shrink wrap, and other flexible packaging.

"Plastic packaging enables the safe and efficient delivery of various products which form part of our daily lives, everything from food to essential health and safety aids. However, many are unaware that plastics carry out these functions while at the same time conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. This study clearly articulates these benefits to sustainability," noted Carol Hochu, President & CEO of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).

Study authors used life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to compare current amounts of various plastic packaging products to packaging made with alternative materials.

The assessment found that for the baseline year, replacing all plastic packaging with non-plastic alternatives for these six types of packaging in Canada would:

- require almost 4.4 times as much packaging material by weight, increasing the amount of packaging used in Canada by nearly 5.5 million tons or 5.5 billion kg;

- increase energy use by 2.0 times, equivalent to the amount of oil transported by 18 supertankers; and

- result in 2.3 times more global warming potential, equivalent to adding 3.3 million more cars to our roads.

Highly engineered plastics packaging results in enormous sustainability benefits throughout the entire life cycle, this study showed.

After use, plastics make further contributions to sustainability by being re-purposed through recycling or recovered for its energy value and converted into a liquid oil, electricity and into other fuels.

In a Report on Canada's Access to Residential Recycling of Plastics released in 2016, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) beverage bottles show an access to recycling rate of 99%; plastic containers made from PET, high and low density polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) show access rates of 90% or higher.

The access rate for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and other (#7) types of plastic containers have risen to 88% and 91% respectively. Rates for containers made of polystyrene (PS) have increased from 63% in 2014 to 70% in 2015. As well there was a significant access rate increases in the film and bags categories (from 55% in 2014 to 65% in 2015).

A Study on Post Consumer Plastic Recycling in Canada released in March 2017, shows that for a sixth year in a row, the amount of post-consumer plastic material being recycled across Canada has increased. In total, over 322 million kg of post-consumer plastic material was collected for recycling in Canada.

Plastic packaging collected for recycling includes plastic bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics such as deli and dairy containers, bakery, vegetable, fruit containers, and plastic film, bags and outer wrap. They are reused to make, for example, fleece jackets, new plastic bottles, pipe, pallets, crates and buckets, decking and other lawn and garden products.

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