Waste & Recycling


Merlin Plastics joins Polypropylene Recycling Coalition

DELTA, B.C. – Merlin Plastics has joined The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition.

Merlin’s membership in the U.S.-based, industry organization will allow it to bring its 30 plus years of experience in the Canadian and US recycling plastics realm to assist the Coalition’s drive to improve the recovery and circularity of polypropylene (PP) plastic. PP is widely used in consumer food and non-food packaging such as yogurt tubs, dairy containers and snack food packaging.

“Merlin Plastics is honoured to partner with producers and manufacturers of consumer products packaged in PP and to support the Coalition in making PP circular throughout the value chain,” said Merlin’s founder and president Tony Moucachen.

“Polypropylene packaging is a valuable resource that can and should be recirculated. We are enthusiastic about being part of this industry coalition to help lead the way to finding solutions to improve recovery and reuse. Polypropylene belongs in the curbside recycling system.”

Funding for municipal initiatives

The Coalition includes companies and organizations such as Keurig Dr Pepper, Procter and Gamble, Dannon North America, Walmart Foundation, and Winpack. Its goals include funding municipal initiatives aimed at recovering more post consumer PP plastic for recycling.

Merlin has tested and adopted emerging plastics recovery technologies and developed patented processes for its technology.

“We are excited to have Merlin Plastics as a new member in The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition. Merlin’s expertise in post-consumer recycling sorting and processing will enhance our overall understanding of these technologies and enable us to strengthen polypropylene packaging collection in curbside recycling programs,” said Ali Blandina, director of circular ventures, The Recycling Partnership.

Together, we can stimulate a system-wide shift to increase the capture of polypropylene and demand for recycled content. We encourage all companies that use polypropylene to be part of the solution.”

Opportune timing

Moucachen believes that in the wake of the end-market changes that have challenged the North American recycling industry in the past five years, now is an opportune time to build, improve and refine the underlying technologies to create a more sustainable recovery infrastructure. This infrastructure will then support the goal of achieving circularity of polypropylene packaging in recycling systems in Canada and the US, through stronger and more transparent partnerships.

Merlin Plastics began its recycling business in the late 1980’s out of a 2,000-square-foot warehouse in Delta, B.C. Today, it owns and operates recycling facilities totaling over one million square feet with plants located in Alberta, Ontario, California, and Oregon.

Merlin Plastics has been honored to receive various awards over the years including the “Outstanding Contribution to Recycling” award from the Recycling Council of Alberta, as well as an award from the Recycling Council of B.C. that recognized Merlin Plastics for its “ongoing commitment to the ideals of responsible environmental stewardship in the Province of British Columbia.”