A circular economy allows resources to be used for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them while they are in use. This is different from a linear economy where we use a product, followed by disposal. 

Take plastics, for example. The unique characteristics of plastics allow them to be lightweight, durable, versatile, and cost effective. Plastics can help extend the life of our food, contribute to product shelf life, and even protect our front line workers. But plastics waste is an increasing burden on our environment, including oceans and other water bodies. 


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For many companies in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, warmer spring weather signals the start of clean up, maintenance, new projects and outside activities. It’s also a time referred to as turnaround season, where industrial facilities either stop or decrease production to maintain their facilities to keep them operating safely and efficiently. 


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Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is a region rich with opportunity.  We have access to a world-class education system, vibrant communities, and an economic advantage that is second-to-none. Our region is considered one of the best in the world for petrochemical, manufacturing, oil and gas investment and is also Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. 

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Alberta’s Industrial Heartland region has seen some very cold weather in recent weeks, keeping even those who love wintertime bundled up and indoors. A drop into the deep freeze often restricts our activities, and it can also affect the quality of the outdoor air. 


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There is nothing more important than safety. As leaders in safety culture, industry in our region has comprehensive systems aimed at keeping employees and worksites safe. 


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Whether for work, for school, or for fun, our region sees thousands of people traveling in and through it daily. It’s typically business as usual, however in a region as risk-diverse as ours, there’s always potential for an emergency to occur. In any emergency, community safety is the priority. In the early stages of an emergency, being able to quickly and safely notify the community is a challenge for responders.


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