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 Inter Pipeline, 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 Inter Pipeline 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 Plastics Research in Action Second Year 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

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. 17, 2021

Local Solutions for Global Impact

Inter Pipeline’s partnership with NAIT is making significant progress in plastics research as it enters its second year.

Read more
Jan. 12, 2021

NAIT Undertaking First-Of-Its-Kind Microplastics Research

A team of researchers at NAIT are looking to set global standards in freshwater microplastic tracking.

Read More at the NAIT Nugget
Jan. 07, 2021

NAIT project sampling North Saskatchewan River to find microplastics

Project's goal is to quantify and monitor the substance in the North Saskatchewan

Read More on CBC News

Contact us

For more information on the projects:

Dr. Adetoyese Oyedun

For collaboration opportunities:

Ryan Leskiw

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