Federal government and six key players join forces to create a circular plastics economy

MONTREAL, Quebec, February 25, 2020 - With the support of Environment and Climate Change Canada, five major companies in Canada's food, beverage and packaging sector, in collaboration with the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), are joining forces and creating the Circular Plastics Action Group (CPAG) to promote a circular economy for plastics. Éco Entreprises Québec will also support the project as an advisor and financial partner.

By focusing on a better match between the needs of markets and recycling players (sorting centres and packers), Cascades, Danone Canada, Dyne-a-pak, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, TC Transcontinental and ACIP are partnering with the Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle (CTTEI) at the CEGEP de Sorel-Tracy, in collaboration with Chamard Stratégies environnementales, to identify and propose solutions for optimizing plastics management throughout the recycling value chain.

The Project will develop a recycling value chain mapping and will testing innovative solutions through pilot projects. "  Nous we are all aware that plastic not only needs to be better recovered in Canada but, more importantly, that it needs to be recycled with a view to circular economy. Our aim is that all plastics should be able to to be recycled locally and that a strong market for recycled resin is taking hold in our territory. To achieve this, our sorting centres and our and our commitment is part of our commitment to the environment. this perspective and our willingness to take concrete action at this effet ", explain the founding members of the GAPC.

Through this project, GAPC members wish to provide concrete solutions to current challenges experienced by the recycling industry in Quebec and Canada. Thus, they will support the strengthening of existing markets and the creation of new local markets and dynamic national economies fuelled by a high-performance industry producing quality recycled materials, to lay the foundation for a real economy plastics circular. This initiative, led by leaders in the industry is therefore perfectly in line with this recently announced willingness by the Government of Québec to strengthen corporate responsibility by recycling management.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will financially support the initial phase of the project with a grant of nearly $ 475 000 over two years. The remaining portion of the funding for this first phase will come from the contributions of the founding members of GAPC and Éco Entreprises Québec, who will also support the project with their expertise and know-how.

CAPG collaborates also with various entities within the provincial government. The The group is also consulted by the offices of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, and the of Innovation (MEI) and the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (MENC). climate change (MELCC) in the development of the strategy provincial government plastic.

 " L 'Plastics recycling issue is one that is of growing public concern and this project is sending a very encouraging signal of a step in the right direction and a willingness joint search for concrete solutions on the part of industrie ", says Sonia Gagné, President and CEO of RECYC-QUÉBEC.

"  Éco Entreprises Québec salutes the leadership of companies that have rallied around this project and their commitment to it. towards the use of plastics from Quebec's selective collection, thus offering a local market outlet for these materials. We are proud to be part of it prenante ", says the CEO of Eco Entreprises. Quebec, Maryse Vermette.

The Council patronal de l'environnement du Québec (CPEQ) also supports this initiative. of the corporate sector. " Ce" project shows a real willingness of the companies involved to contribute to the circular economy, to development of green technologies and the creation of tangible opportunities for recycled plastics at Québec ," says CPEQ CEO Hélène Lauzon.

According to the schedule The first phase of the project will run until October. 2020.

About us CPIA

From 1943, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) represents the voice and acts as a leader in sustainable development for the Canadian plastics industry, representing the interests of the chain value of plastics. With more than 2 600 companies employing 82 000 workers and a turnover of $24.3 billion, Canada's plastics industry is a sophisticated sector, and versatile that contributes to the development of waste reduction solutions plastics including the deployment of technological advances aimed at transforming post-consumer plastics into new resources to be used for the manufacture of recycled plastics. That is why CPIA has set itself the aspirational goal in 2018 that 100% of plastic packaging is reused, recycled or recovered by 2040, with an ambitious interim target of 100% recyclable packaging, or recoverable by 2030. For more information, visit www.plastics.ca.

About us Cascades

Founded in 1964, Cascades offers sustainable, innovative and innovative solutions for value creators in the areas of packaging, hygiene and recovery. The company has 11 000 women and men working in more than 90 operating units located in North America and Europe. Its management philosophy, its experience of half a century in recycling, its sustained efforts in research and development are all strengths that allow it to create innovative products for its customers while contributing to the well-being of the people, communities and the planet. Cascades shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CAS.

About us Danone Canada

Danone Canada is a business unit of Danone and operates in the following areas from its head offices in Boucherville, Quebec and Mississauga, Ontario. Ontario. Danone Canada is the largest B Corp® certified company in the world. in the country, demonstrating that it meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Danone Canada's ambition is to produce coffee creamers, beverages and healthy dairy and vegetable products, create value economic and social development and to support natural ecosystems through agriculture. sustainable. Its diversified portfolio of dairy and plant-based products includes brands such as Activia®, Oikos®, DanActive®, Danone® Silk®, So Delicious®, Stok® and more.

To learn more about Danone Canada, visit www.danone.ca, facebook.com/danonecanada; Twitter (@DanoneCanada) or LinkedIn (Danone Canada).

About Dyne-a-pak

Dyne-a-pak is a leader in rigid packaging used for meat and poultry, fish and fruits and vegetables. With more than 40 years of experience in the food packaging, our facilities located in Laval, Quebec, at Québec City are at the cutting edge of technology to serve the entire market. North American. We are deploying a world-class business model, inspired by of TOYOTA WAY (Lean), to obtain a dynamic organization and flexible, in which 100% of the employees are mobilized on a daily basis at learning, problem solving, improvement and innovation.

Our environmental commitment is reflected in constant efforts to reduce the ecological impact of our products, through the use of recycled content in all our foam products of polystyrene, as well as the marketing of expanded bio-polymer packaging compostable. Dyne-a-pak also commits significant resources to the advancement of recycling in North America by working in groups such as the Regroupement Recyclage Polystyrène (RRPS), the Canadian Polystyrene Recycling Association (CAPRA), the Canadian Association of the plastics industry (ACIP) and the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC).

About Keurig Dr Pepper Canada

Keurig Dr Pepper Canada is the trade name of Keurig Canada Inc. and Canada Dry Mott's Inc. From coast to coast to coast, Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada offers a wide range of hot and cold beverages for satisfy every need, marketed under more than 60 leading brands, such as Canada Dry®, Mott's Clamato®, Van Houtte®, etc. and Timothy's®, and available everywhere people shop and consume. Keurig Dr Pepper Canada also offers single-cup coffeemakers to the Keurig® time. As a company of Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.., we have a commitment to supply, produce and distribute which is expressed through our responsibility platform. thirst to do good, which also frames our packaging circularity, the efficient use of resources and the sustainability of our supply chain.

The main The company's Canadian operations and management team are located in the in Montreal, Quebec and Mississauga, Ontario. The manufacturing plants are also located in Montreal, Quebec, as well as in the city of Montreal, Quebec. Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc. a subsidiary of Keurig Canada Inc. which offers innovative beverage service solutions for out-of-home customers from branches in 30 cities across Canada. For more information about our company, visit www.keurigdrpepper.ca/fr/. For more information on our efforts to corporate responsibility, visit www.keurigdrpepper.ca/fr-ca/notre-entreprise/responsabilite-dentreprise.

À About TC Transcontinental

TC Transcontinental is a leader of North America's leader in flexible packaging and the largest printer in the United States. Canada. The Company also positions itself as the largest group of companies in the Canadian French-language educational publishing. For more than 40 years, TC Transcontinental's mission is to create quality that enables companies to attract, reach and retain their employees. target clientele.

Respect, teamwork, teamwork, the performance and innovation are the core values of the Company and its subsidiaries. employees. TC Transcontinental's Commitment to its Parties The main objective of the Group's stakeholders is to act responsibly in the pursuit of its activities. business.

Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B), known as TC Transcontinental, has more than 8 700. employees, the majority of whom are based in Canada, the United States and Canada. Latin America. Its revenues were more than $3 billion... for the fiscal year ended October 27, 2019. For more information for more information, please visit TC Transcontinental's website at www.tc.tc.

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Jean-Alexandre D'Etcheverry