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Environment committee  I don't think that we are in a position to answer that at this time. Perhaps the tobacco industry might be better, but I think we're part of that value chain and we can find the people who can get an answer to you.

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  Again, I would say yes, and yes. You do that, and you do that very well. Canada's chemicals management plan is the top one, or certainly in the top two, of all chemicals management plans anywhere in the world. I gave you a brief list of plastic-specific chemicals that have been

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  Is that in the context of the federal government or municipal governments?

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  I think the federal government could provide more information to consumers about the materials that can be recycled and the best way to allow them to be recycled. Some beverage containers—and Mr. Goetz can talk about this better—are best recycled if the contents are emptied out s

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  I can't speak to straws specifically, but on the question of so-called single-use plastics or plastics in consumer goods, work was done by our industry with the support of the United Nations in 2016, and updated last year. It was done by Trucost. What it said was that there are r

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  Some part of it is the same answer as Mr. Goetz'. Some of the provinces do have targets. It depends on the specifics of that policy, but the commitment is there from industry. I do want to answer your question, though, about the different types of plastics. There are a lot of di

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  I'm sure there would be problems with that in some applications. You have to be cautious and look at the exceptions.

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  I would just say that you have the industry's commitment on plastic packaging. You talk about single-use plastics and the concerns of Canadians. You have our commitment to work with you on that. Let's get success on that and see what more can come after that, but I think that lum

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  There are two parts, I think. The first is entirely within our realm of control, and that's design of the materials to be recycled in the first place. Certainly, there is a role. We think things like the superclusters, the strategic innovation fund or the federal government's SD

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  I think it's important for this committee to understand that, yes, the most important driver for that change in the industry is the consumer at the end of the day, but it comes from the companies that are in Jim's membership, the brand owners, the Procter & Gambles, the Unile

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  We surveyed Canadians, and I think you have a copy of our more detailed report. You'll see some of the numbers in there. The majority of Canadians, when asked the question in isolation—“Do you support a ban on certain single-use plastics?”—said yes. When you ask that same questio

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  I think we've set aspirational targets for ourselves. I wouldn't say that, for any industry, including ours, to undergo the type of transformation that's required a mere 10 years from now is the “long term”. The year 2030 is tomorrow, in an industry of this scale and the number o

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  Thank you, sir.

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  There are a couple of things we would say. One is, yes, if appropriate, but you need to take an evidence-based approach to that. Banning one thing doesn't mean the problem goes away; you could be replacing it with something else. We have seen authorities such as the Quebec gover

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson

Environment committee  We would encourage an informed decision-making and the right to choose one if that's what you wish. Have the straws available.

April 10th, 2019Committee meeting

Bob Masterson