North American Plastics Alliance Celebrates One Year Anniversary

August 2, 2012

Barry Eisenberg

Pellet Containment Program, Energy Recovery and Consumer Education Top Accomplishments

Washington, D.C./Toronto – The three major trade associations for the plastics industry in the U.S. and Canada celebrate their first year of formal collaboration under the North American Plastics Alliance (NAPA) banner. SPI:  The Plastics Industry Trade Association, the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association will continue working together on key industry priorities through the virtual structure of NAPA.  

The three organizations that comprise the Alliance now have a track record demonstrating that combined efforts in key areas are more effective and efficient in providing increased value to their members. The initial priorities for enhanced collaboration by the Alliance are:

  • Pellet Containment: Extension of Operation Clean Sweep to broaden pellet containment efforts in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.
  • Recycling and Energy Recovery: Promotion and facilitation of energy recovery and conversion of used plastics  to complement recycling
  • Plastics Benefits: Outreach to key stakeholders on the benefits of plastics
  • Advocacy: targeted advocacy with policy makers to support the growth of the plastics industry

In addition, ACC and SPI have worked together over the past year to promote and support the development of enhanced energy efficiency codes and consensus-based “green” building standards.  For example, the associations have addressed the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) proposed revisions to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system, and have provided input to the U.S. General Services Administration’s Green Building certification system review.  Because energy efficiency is a shared goal across North America, SPI and ACC are closely coordinating with CPIA on these issues. 

Finally, the three NAPA organizations have created a roundtable discussion group comprised of Plastics Association Leaders (PAL) from the major plastics industry trade associations from the United States, Canada and Mexico.  The purpose of the group is to explore potential areas of collaboration on plastics issues common to all of their constituents. The group held its first meeting at NPE2012 in Orlando, FL. Twelve different associations were represented.  A follow up PAL meeting took place July 19, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

A Steering Team of member and staff representatives will continue to direct the collaborative programs and initiatives of the North American Plastics Alliance. The NAPA Steering Team is comprised of: 


  • Bill Carteaux, President and CEO, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
  • Steve Russell, Vice President of Plastics, American Chemistry Council
  • Carol Hochu, President and CEO, Canadian Plastics Industry Association


  • Jay Cude, President and CEO, Coeur Inc.; Chair, SPI Board of Directors
  • Margaret Mattix , Vice President, Global Marketing, ExxonMobil Chemicals;  Chair, ACC Plastics Division Operating Committee
  • Paul Cohen, President, W. Ralston (Canada) Inc.; Chair, CPIA Board of Directors


“Collaboration under NAPA is a logical extension of the work we do on behalf of our members since many of our issues cross the Canada-U.S. border. Working together with other national organizations has enabled us to focus our resources where they can make a difference for the industry.”  - Carol Hochu, President and CEO, CPIA

"Based on our successes with Operation Clean Sweep, energy recovery and public enhancement of plastics' favorability, I am confident that together, SPI, ACC and CPIA will continue to expand well beyond the limits of what we would be able to accomplish individually."  - Bill Carteaux, President and CEO, SPI

“NAPA has allowed us all to deliver greater value to our members and the plastics value chain.  By working together to demonstrate the collective value of our industry in terms of jobs, sustainability and product innovation, we have been able to advocate and communicate much more effectively.”  - Steve Russell, Vice President of Plastics, American Chemistry Council


The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) is the national voice of Canada’s plastics value chain, representing the interests of processors, recyclers, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and brand owners.

Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI's member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs nearly 1 million workers and provides $327 billion in annual shipments.  SPI produces the triennial NPE trade show.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.


Barry Eisenberg, SPI, (202) 974-5210;

Darlene Gray, CPIA, (905) 678-7748 ext. 239;

Jennifer Killinger, ACC, (202) 249-6619;

 Visit for downloadable logos of the organizations and photos of the association leaders. 

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Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at and

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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