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ISRI Participates in Meeting on U.S.-Canada Shared Priorities for a Sustainable Future

Last week, ISRI participated in a half-day meeting on “U.S.-Canada Shared Priorities for a Sustainable Future,” hosted by the Meridian International Center. The meeting explored U.S.-Canada partnerships on key environmental issues, including ocean and Great Lakes plastics.

The meeting’s conclusions and recommendations for potential collaborative efforts will be provided to the U.S. and Canadian governments in advance of the 2018 G7 Summit early next month in Quebec.

The meeting’s three moderated roundtable sessions addressed ocean management, freshwater conservation, and sustainable plastics packaging and recycling. Participants represented national, state and local government, business, academia, and community and environmental NGOs. Each of the three sessions featured a candid and open discussion on the political, economic, and social aspects of the sustainability priorities of the U.S. and Canada.

Representing the U.S. recycling industry, ISRI took the opportunity to explain the policy and terminology importance of “recyclables are not waste” and “waste” as meaning material that is actually wasted. ISRI also stressed the need for Design for Recycling® and suggested that it is better to design plastics to enable the best sustainability outcome (i.e., high levels of reuse and recycling) rather than to hope to reduce (e.g., by enhanced degradability) the adverse impacts of the worst outcome (i.e., used plastics lost to the oceans).

A follow-up U.S.-Canada meeting will take place November 2018 in Ottawa to explore further opportunities to collaborate in the aftermath of the 2018 G7 Summit.

For more information, please contact David Wagger, Chief Scientist/Director of Environmental Management, at (202) 662-8533 or Adina Renee Adler, Senior Director of Government Relations and International Affairs, at (202) 662-8514.

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