Plastics Research in Action

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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.

Listen to the November 17, 2022 Plastics Resesarch in Action annual update.
 

shredded plastic Photo courtesy the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association

Current applied research initiatives

microplastics research initiative


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

In collaboration with Dow Canada

Microplastics Project Update

Learn more about the microplastics in water project.

recycled plastic Photo courtesy the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association


Plastic recyling projects

Testing recycled plastics in asphalt for Alberta climatic conditions

NAIT Research team:
Dr. Adetoyese Oyedun

In collaboration with GreenMantra Technologies, McAsphalt Industries Limited​Strathcona County and Sturgeon County

Asphalt Project Update

Learn more about the asphalt project.

Development of polypropylene flooring from recycled materials

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

In collaboration with PolyCo.

Read about our research

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.

Find out more
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.

Find out more

Contact us

For more information on the projects:

Dr. Adetoyese Oyedun

For collaboration opportunities:

Ryan Leskiw

Interested in future events and updates?

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