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21/02/2012 - News
QUEBEC GOVERNMENT MINISTERS VISIT POLYKAR TO LEARN ABOUT USE OF COMPOSTABLE BAGS

On January 13, 2012, Polykar’s management team received Mr. Pierre Arcand, Quebec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, as well as Mr. Jean-Marc Fournier, MNA for St-Laurent and Minister of Justice at its manufacturing facility.


Ministers Arcand and Fournier with the Polykar management team

Joining the Ministers during the visit to Polykar, were Mrs. Susan Antler, Executive Director of the Compost Council of Canada; Mrs. Sophie Mainville from Développement Economique St-Laurent, and Mr. Daniel Hebert representing BASF Canada, a branding partner with Polykar.

The objectives of their visit were to increase awareness of the environmental benefits, use and attributes of Polykar’s certified compostable garbage bags, as well as to generate a better understanding of the vital need to utilise such bags in future government initiatives to collect organic waste across the province.


Susan Antler of the Compost Council of Canada points out the certification logos on the compostable bags made by Polykar to Minister Pierre Arcand and Minister Jean-Marc Fournier

During the tour of the facility, the Ministers took time to view the detailed manufacturing process of compostable bags, from extrusion to bag making.


Later, the Ministers sat down for a roundtable discussion with Polykar’s management team and invited guests.  The discussions allowed a more informed understanding of the potential benefits of using certified compostable bags for collecting organic waste in Quebec, by looking at the experience of other regions across Canada and by reviewing the ease of using compostable bags within the institutional, commercial and residential sectors. There was also a discussion on how the general population could be better educated about the merits of composting, in order to create a higher civic participation rate.

Minister Arcand was pleased by his informative visit and noted that it is the province`s goal to process 60% of organic waste by the end of 2015, a huge step from the current level of 12%. In addition, the new policy affirms the government’s commitment to ban the disposal of organic waste in landfills, and crucially, support and fund infrastructures for organic waste recycling. Therefore, understanding the role played by certified compostable bags in recycling organic waste was extremely valuable to him



From left to right, Daniel Hebert from BASF Canada, Susan Antler of the Compost Council of Canada, Sophie Mainville from Développement Economique Saint-Laurent and Amir Karim, Vice President Business Development, Polykar 

Polykar is one of the leading manufacturers of compostable bags in Canada. They are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), and meet the standards of compostability set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM-D6400). Polykar has a co-branding alliance with BASF, the global chemical company, to commercialize and promote these bags throughout North America.

For further information, please contact:

Amir Karim
Vice-President, Business Development
1-866-POLYKAR
1-514-335-0059
amir.karim@polykar.com

Polykar, a family business founded in 1987, is a manufacturer of polyethylene film, garbage bags and food packaging. In 2003, the Saint-Laurent facility obtained the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications simultaneously. Polykar received the ICI ON RECYCLE! Award from Recyc-Québec for excellence in waste management. Polykar is a member of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), of the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) and of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and the Compost Council of Canada (CCC).

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