British Columbia boosts plastics fund to encourage businesses to reduce pollution

British Columbia is increasing financial incentives for companies to develop products to reduce plastic pollution to $10 million.

Environment Minister George Heyman says the province is a North American leader in plastic recycling and the government’s CleanBC Plastic Action Fund is looking for more innovations to reduce plastic pollution.

He says the province provided funding last year to businesses for nine plastic reduction projects, including turning old car batteries into new ones and using artificial intelligence to sort plastics at recycling facilities. recycling.

Heyman says B.C. businesses are already looking to expand recycling opportunities related to plastics, including electric vehicle batteries, mattresses and medical equipment.

Clark Chow, president of British Columbia-based Plascon Plastics, told a news conference that government funding helped the company create the first child-safe cannabis container made from 100% plastic. % recycled.

Projects that will be selected for funding will be based on their ability to reduce the use of new plastics or increase the use of post-consumer recycled plastic.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 9, 2022.

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