Transcontinental to recycle plastics

MONTREAL – Packaging and media giant TC Transcontinental is creating a recycling group within its packaging division.

The new group will start purchasing equipment for converting flexible plastics recovered from sorting facilities and other commercial, industrial and agricultural sources into recycled plastic granules. It will also be on the lookout for potential acquisitions of companies in this sector.

“The creation of the Recycling Group aims to vertically integrate the recycling of plastics in our packaging production chain in Canada, the United States and Latin America, ultimately ensuring stable procurement of this material for us,” said François Olivier, president and CEO of TC Transcontinental.

“This decision stems from our desire and that of many customers to differentiate ourselves with an offering of eco-responsible packaging products containing recycled plastic, accelerate its development, and create a truly circular economy for plastic that will bring further benefits for the environment and for communities.”

The establishment of the Recycling Group will contribute to the achievement of TC Transcontinental’s objectives as a signatory of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

The team will be led by Sylvain Levert, as senior vice-president, Recycling Group, reporting to Thomas Morin, president of TC Transcontinental Packaging.

Levert was previously senior vice-president, procurement at TC Transcontinental. He will be supported by Mathieu Séguin, as general manager, and by Fabrice Laberge, as director, research and development, Recycling Technology. Séguin has solid experience in management and business development in the plastic recycling industry, while Laberge, with a PhD in chemistry, has worked in project management and research and development in the industrial sector in Canada, the United States and Europe.