Positioning Canada as a leader in plastics circularity through the reciChainTM program
According to the Government of Canada, every year, Canadians throw away three million tonnes of plastic waste, less than 10 percent of which is recycled. This means that the vast majority of plastic waste produced in Canada ends up in landfills or enters the environment as pollution where it poses a risk to wildlife and their habitat.
To address these challenges, BASF Canada has launched the reciChainTM program, a technology-enabled ecosystem that brings together all the plastic value chain players to enable circularity, tracking and sorting of recycled plastic.
The reciChain concept was created by BASF in Sao Paolo, Brazil and tested with an initial proof-of-concept pilot in 2020 in British Columbia, Canada, that successfully demonstrated circularity by tracking the products lifecycle from pellet to pellet.
With the support of Alberta Innovates, provincial government corporation responsible for promoting innovation in the province, reciChain is now expanding to Alberta to conduct a subsequent phase of the project which will scale the solution to a semi-commercial phase.
reciChain Pilot Consortium Members
Relevant players from the plastics value chain, including BASF, Cascades, Layfield, London Drugs, NOVA Chemicals, Orion Plastics, [Re] Waste, and Waste & Recycling Services from the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, have joined forces in the next phase of reciChain
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Revitalizing the Value of Plastics and Improving Circularity within the Supply Chain
A successful implementation of reciChain will support Alberta in achieving impacts such as:
BC Plastics Circular Economy
reciChain’s underlining technology components
To extend the lifecycle of plastics, reciChain comprises two technology components:
- A physical tracer that identifies and follows key plastic features throughout the value chain and enables the connection of plastic to a digital twin
- A blockchain marketplace developed by the California-based, Web3 start-up Real Items, which creates and translates the digital twin, providing a secure, auditable transfer-of-ownership and assigning incentives to incent participation and offset cost
The reciChain project began in 2019 at an ideathon in Brazil, when BASF together with its partners, designed a solution to fight waste certificate fraud in Sao Paulo.
reciChain Canada - Phase 1 (Jan – Mar 2020)
BASF then looked to expand the use case to Canada in order to test and prove the broader vision of circularity in a new market.
BASF engaged Deloitte to act as a strategic partner to provide project governance and work with the local stakeholders in the plastics value chain.
BASF also engaged Security Matters, as the core solution provider for both the physical marker technology and blockchain development.
reciChain Canada – Phase 2 (Mar – Nov 2020)
BASF, Deloitte, and Security Matters looked to pilot two plastic product loops to prove out feasibility and enable a circular plastics economy in Vancouver B.C.
The reciChain team defined the plastic value chain comprised of 8 key stakeholders, to form a consortium. This collaborative ecosystem would enable the team to develop product loops, in which two separate plastic product packages would be embedded with a physical marker.
The project culminated in a 3 week pilot whereby the consortium successfully proved that plastics circularity, and the ability to track and trace plastics through the value chain was feasible.
Why Expanding to Alberta?
- Emerging EPR stage
- Government's innovation priorities and incentives
- Developed petrochemical industry
- Local footprint of major players in the plastic and resin manufacturers
The future vision for the reciChain Canada program
The program has set a long term vision that will enable plastics circularity through a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Demo: trinamiX integration into reciChain blockchain
BASF Canada Live Lounge Series: ReciChain
reciChain - capturing the value of plastics in the circular economy
If you have any questions about this project or if you would like to learn more on how to join the consortium in Alberta please contact:
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