SWANA Joins the Canada Plastics Pact

SWANA Joins Canada Plastics Pact

June 27, 2024 – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is proud to join the Canada Plastics Pact.

“SWANA is thrilled to join forces with the Canada Plastics Pact in our shared commitment to prevent plastic waste. As an organization dedicated to supporting resource management to drive sustainable practices, this partnership reinforces our commitment to being climate champions,” said SWANA Executive Director & CEO Amy Lestition Burke, MA, FASAE, CAE.

Launched in 2021, the Canada Plastics Pact is leading Canada’s response to the escalating plastic crisis. It exists to eliminate plastic waste by accelerating and scaling the solutions that will keep plastics in the economy and out of people, animals, and nature.

Through fostering innovation and collaboration, more than 100 partners from across the plastics value chain are taking meaningful steps to eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastics, redesign packaging, and increase their use of recycled plastic.

Cher Mereweather, Managing Director of the Canada Plastics Pact, welcomed SWANA to the pact.

“To eliminate plastic waste and pollution, we need a holistic strategy that includes both upstream and downstream solutions. These new partnerships allow us to better address unnecessary and problematic plastics by providing reusable or refillable alternatives where it makes sense, and designing the plastics we do need to be easily recyclable,” Mereweather said.

SWANA is a collective of over 10,000 dedicated professionals from both the public and private sectors. The association’s mission is to propel the transition from solid waste management to resource management, uniting around the pillars of education, advocacy, safety, and research.

“Our members provide critical roles in collecting and processing plastics to enable recycling and to prevent plastic pollution. We are building connections to support designing for recycling, strengthening demand for recycled content, and supporting critical infrastructure,” Lestition Burke said.

Various initiatives have been underway to address the opportunities and challenges to enacting systems change, such as the formation of strategic working groups that bring together the key stakeholders to tackle the pressing issues around plastic waste and pollution. The CPP’s guidance documents, driven by the collective expertise of the Pact Partners within its working groups, are a critical tool that supports the implementation of change in Partner operations, by sharing knowledge and innovative solutions.

“Together with CPP, we’re poised to make significant strides in advancing a circular economy and mitigating the environmental impacts of plastic pollution,” Lestition Burke, said.

SWANA is now a proud member of both the Canada Plastics Pact and the US Plastics Pact. By joining forces with other like-minded organizations, SWANA can continue to propel the industry forward and achieve sustainability goals as part of the SWANA Strategic Plan.

Click here to learn more about the Canada Plastics Pact.


The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

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