Canadian Packaging

Quebec plastic bag program first in Canada

Certification program to distinguish between recyclable and non-recyclable plastic bags


March 9, 2011
by PIC staff

BOUCHERVILLE, QUE.— Manufacturers of recyclable plastic bags in Quebec will soon have their products differentiated from non-recyclable bags.

A certification program is being finalized by the province’s standards agency, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), and the Quebec-based plastic industry association, Fédération des Plastiques et Alliances Composites (FEPAC).

FEPAC is encouraging recyclable plastic bag manufacturers to get certified under the program, which will be the first of its kind in Canada. It was designed to offer manufacturers third-party recognition and assist sorting centres and recyclers in the proper processing of these materials.

Quebec’s recycling agency, RECYC-QUÉBEC is recommending bag retailers purchase certified recyclable bags via retailer associations.

A certification symbol is currently under development and will be unveiled in the coming months. The symbol will be the property of RECYC-QUÉBEC.