Plastics Research in Action

About PRIA

A $10 million, ten-year research collaboration to advance the reuse and recycling of plastic in Canada and around the world

Almost 80% of all post-consumer plastics in Canada currently end up in landfills. Innovative thinking is critical to address this complex societal issue. As a polytechnic, NAIT is dedicated to helping industry develop practical, impactful solutions to address their specific needs and challenges. 

In the largest applied research partnership in NAIT’s history, the polytechnic has partnered with Heartland Polymers, Inter Pipeline's polypropylene brand, a world-scale energy infrastructure company developing North America’s first integrated propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene complex, to advance the reuse and recycling of plastic in Canada and beyond.

In partnership, NAIT and Heartland Polymers are developing solutions to ensure that waste plastics are reused as a valuable resource in the development of other products, while reducing their environmental impact.

PRIA is also creating practical opportunities for students and graduates to learn and use their skill set on impactful research.

Woman kneeling on a river bank pouring water into a glass jar

Microplastics project

Researchers in lab analyzing water samples.

Identifying and monitoring microplastics in the North Saskatchewan River

NAIT research team
Dr. Paolo Mussone, Ovintiv Applied Research Chair in Energy, and the Technology Access Centre for Sensors and System Integration

Partners and collaborators: Dow Canada

Watch Microplastics Project Update 2021

Plastic recycling projects

Three small glass bottles filled with small clear/white plastic pellets. The bottles have labels with coded numbers

Designing for Circularity: Development of polypropylene blends using post-consumer recycled plastic 

NAIT research team
Dr. Paolo Mussone, Ovintiv Applied Research Chair in Energy

Partners and collaborators: Alberta Innovates

Laying asphalt in a rural location

Testing recycled plastics in asphalt for Alberta climatic conditions

NAIT research team
Dr. Adetoyese Oyedun

Partners and collaborators: GreenMantra Technologies, McAsphalt Industries Limited, ​Strathcona CountySturgeon County, Alexander First Nation, Alexander Asphalt & Concrete LLP, Burnco

Watch Asphalt Project Update 2022

Long boards of sample flooring arranged vertically.

Development of polypropylene flooring from recycled materials

NAIT research team
Dr. Paolo Mussone, Ovintiv Applied Research Chair in Energy

Partners and collaborators: PolyCo

Post-consumer plastic tile samples laid across each other.

Post-consumer plastic for building material development

NAIT research team
Dr. Paolo Mussone, Ovintiv Applied Research Chair in Energy

Partners and collaborators: [Re] Waste, Clark Builders

Read about our research

Stay up to date on the impact of Heartland Polymers’ partnership with NAIT and learn about the project's impact and progress.
Jan. 24, 2024

Transforming Plastic Waste: PRIA's Journey Towards a Sustainable Future

Plastics Research In Action leads the fight against plastic waste by developing novel recycling technologies

Dec. 20, 2022

Studying post-consumer plastic in cold climate asphalt

NAIT research to test the use of post-consumer plastic in asphalt for Alberta’s cold climate.

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Dec. 20, 2022

Taking action on plastic research

PRIA partnership creating new opportunities for student researchers.

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Dec. 20, 2022

Heartland Polymers boasts about plastic projects research

PRIA annual event provides update on projects focused on reusing plastic waste.

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