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We are taking great pride in developing North America’s first integrated propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene complex. Being a safe, responsible operator and producer of quality, recyclable plastic is something Inter Pipeline intends to be proud of as well.

We believe plastic belongs in the economy, not the environment. When plastic products complete their usefulness, they don’t belong in landfills and should be considered a valuable resource that should be recycled and re-used. When a plastic product re-enters the production cycle and is recycled for future use, this is known as the circular economy. That’s why we are looking at ways to contribute to tangible solutions.


Inter Pipeline and The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) are working together on applied research to look at ways to reuse and recycle plastic in Canada. The ten-year agreement, known as Plastics Research in Action (PRIA) is funded by a $10 million commitment from Inter Pipeline, which represents the largest applied research partnership in NAIT’s history. Check back here for regular updates on research projects supported under this banner.

Member of the Chemistry Industry Association & Responsible Care

Inter Pipeline and all members of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and Responsible Care are proponents of the circular economy and support numerous initiatives collectively and individually to help ensure more plastic flows back into the economy and not the environment. Inter Pipeline is a part of the following organizations whose membership are committed to eliminating waste from the environment.


  • CIAC members commit to a target of having 100% of plastics packaging being reused, recycled or recovered by 2040 and 100% of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030. 
  • CIAC members commit to being part of its flagship Responsible Care program and endorse principles focused on environmental stewardship, safety, public accountability, sustainability, and social responsibility.


Curious to learn more about plastics and the circular economy?

Watch these informative Videos to learn more.

Heartland Petrochemical Complex

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