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Opinion: Smart solutions needed to create circular economy for plastics

In Alberta, we know that we need smart solutions to build a circular economy for plastics. The old model of a linear recycling economy is a dead end that starts with raw materials and heads straight towards disposal — destroying finite resources, contributing to pollution and creating excess garbage.

Alberta has the opportunity to use homegrown expertise in the petrochemicals sector to create environmentally responsible solutions that reduce plastic waste by design and keep valuable plastics in use in the economy. Essentially, we need to eliminate the plastics we don’t need, and innovate the valuable plastics we need.