Sustainability Drops: News from EXPRA members, Spring 2017

Brussels, 20 March 2024

We’re delighted to share some fantastic news: Circular Materials https://www.circularmaterials.ca/ , based in Ontario, Canada, is now officially a part of our Alliance, marking our 33rd member.

As the second Canadian organization to join EXPRA, Circular Materials is a not-for-profit producer responsibility organization (PRO) dedicated to aiding producers in meeting their EPR regulatory obligations for collecting and managing packaging, paper, and packaging-like products in Ontario and New Brunswick. Their values perfectly align with EXPRA’s 10 golden rules https://expra.eu/beliefs/ , and they were founded by 17 leading food, beverage, and consumer products manufacturers, restaurants, and retailers in Canada.

Already closely collaborating with Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), a longstanding EXPRA member, Circular Materials aims to advance joint interests and initiatives focused on optimizing practices to improve recycling rates and drive innovation.

Allen Langdon, Chief Executive Officer of Circular Materials, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner and collaborate with EXPRA and its members to evolve and share best practices that enhance performance, optimize operations, drive technological innovation and investments in recycling infrastructure.”

He further added, “This partnership with EXPRA is aligned with our commitment to drive circular solutions through innovation and best practices. We look forward to building on the knowledge and experiences from the European EPR industry as we build efficient and effective EPR systems in Ontario and other provinces across Canada.”

Together with Circular Materials, we’re eager to make significant strides in advancing sustainable practices and shaping efficient EPR systems not only in Ontario but also across other provinces in Canada.

New initiative of EXPRA – publication of news and best practices from EXPRA members, aiming to inform and support all stakeholders in the packaging value chain in the process of developing more sustainable packaging, incorporating design for recycling/ eco-design.

To develop more sustainable packaging is a challenge and an opportunity for all stakeholders along the value chain, as the overall objective is to do so by optimising the use of materials, water and energy, minimising waste (of product and used packaging) and maximising the recycling and recovery of used packaging. This is of course part of the Circular Economy concept and the respective measures and initiatives of the EU, aiming to modernise and transform the European economy, shifting it towards a more sustainable direction.

In line with these efforts, EXPRA is starting a new initiative – publication of news and best practices from EXPRA members, aiming to inform and support all stakeholders along the packaging value chain in the process of developing more sustainable packaging, incorporating design for recycling/ eco-design. The publication will be issued on quarterly basis, providing summarized information with respective links to detailed documents and or sources, implemented with the support of the EXPRA Sustainability and Packaging Working Group.

You can read the sustainability drops here.