The federal government is giving $376,200 for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) to support the transition towards more sustainable food and produce packaging, an April 6 news release says.
Packaging serves many useful and essential functions in the food system, such as protecting food from contamination, preserving food, and facilitating transportation, the release says. With these news funds CPMA will undertake a national pilot project to explore effective ways for industry to migrate to using sustainable packaging design and material options that enhance recyclability or compostability.
The release notes the project will help the industry to better understand and characterize the food and produce packaging system in Canada, assess the impacts of various packaging options and create a deployment plan. Key stakeholders including manufacturers, packaging producers, retailers and recycling facilities will be engaged in the development of viable sustainable packaging options.