recycling plastic


Tackling Plastic Waste

Imagine a world...

where plastic waste is a thing of the past.

While it’s possible to recycle plastic, approximately 91% continues to end up in landfills. According to Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), this is a missed $7.8 billion opportunity.

The organization, which is one of five Canadian Global Innovation Clusters, partnered with Innovation North to find solutions to this wicked challenge. Embracing a systems-thinking mindset, the team at NGen collaborated with an innovative group of Ivey students to dive deep into the issue, interview key players along the value chain and propose some practical solutions to pave a more circular path forward.

NGen will use the information gleaned from the project to identify opportunities to secure supply chains, protect the environment, improve healthcare, support technology adoption, and facilitate digital transformations across Canada’s manufacturing sector.

single use plastic water bottles mountain of plastic wrap