To help find some consensus on the future of compostable plastics, the Science and Policy Integration Network (SPIN) and Recycling Council of British Columbia partnered to host a one-day workshop on compostable plastics and the circular economy in November 2019. Led by Dr. Love-Ese Chile, from Grey to Green Sustainable Solutions, the workshop featured a morning of short talks from manufacturers, processors, and researchers with experience in compostable plastics. In the afternoon, the SPIN facilitated a breakout discussion and townhall to identify shared concerns and action items for moving compostable plastics forward in BC.
“The circular economy includes or encompasses regenerative systems that can restore, revitalize, and regenerate the materials they use. This is a vision for tomorrow and a future that we can be proud of.”
"With growing pressure to reduce our collective environmental footprint, more municipalities and countries are banning single-use plastics. There is increasing demand for compostable plastics, and with this demand comes an increase in manufacturing of these products and an increase in attention from policy-makers. However, it’s clear that compostable plastics are not the immediate solution, and businesses still need to find easy, readily available, and culturally acceptable options that will allow consumers to reduce and reuse, not just recycle."
Canada's Longest Standing Recycling Council