News and Testimonials

01/10/2012 - News

Officials and representatives from city authorities, national and local environmental and energy agencies, waste management and recycling organizations and enthusiastic compost advocates alike, gathered together in downtown Montreal between 19-21 September 2012,  for the 22nd Annual National Compost Conference organized by The Compost Council of Canada (CCC) – an organization championing the advancement of compost and compost use in Canada.

Headquartered in Toronto, the CCC is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance organics residuals recycling and compost use. It serves as the central resource and network for the compost industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate. 

Conference participants kicked off the three-day learning and networking session armed with safety boots, hard hats and vests for a unique tour day visiting several specialist facilities – with direct connections to composting - in the Montreal area.

The doors of Polykar were opened to over a hundred eager participants visiting in two sessions, on Wednesday September 19. The focus of the visit was a special presentation by Mr. Christopher Bradlee, Market Development Manager of Biodegradable Plastics, at BASF – a global chemical company, and Polykar’s co-branding partner for its own line of compostable bags. Mr Bradlee spoke informatively to an enthusiastic audience about the need and merits of using certified compostable bags in the organic waste diversion process.

He stressed that using certified compostable bags was an essential component to grow the organics recycling stream and divert waste from landfills, and that only certified bags could decompose naturally and therefore would not result in harmful products staying in the environment. Mr Bradlee added that using certified compostable bags greatly assisted communities to maintain the composting process, to manage composting without odors and that such bags provided a more hygienic way of composting. 

Amir Karim, Polykar’s Vice President for Business Development also addressed the audience and provided a brief overview of the company’s pioneering role in manufacturing compostable plastics, and its full line of certified compostable bags with BASF. Polykar’s compostable bags have achieved the highest level of certification by Bureau de normalisation du Quebec (BNQ) and the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

Amir Karim of Polykar (left) welcomed conference participants to the plant as part of the Compost Council for Canada’s annual conference and introduced special guest speaker, Christopher Bradlee of BASF (right, behind podium)

Following the information session, conference participants viewed the production line of certified compostable bags at Polykar

Both sessions ended with a tour of Polykar’s production facility, concentrating on viewing the production of certified compostable bags.

Polykar thanks the Compost Council of Canada for the opportunity to be part of their tour and expresses its gratitude to BASF for its continuing cooperation and support.

For more information on the event, please contact:
Amir Karim
Vice-President, Business Development
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-Québecfor 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).

Download PDF (0.15964 Mo)