Innovative solutions are needed to increase the recovery, reuse and recycle of plastic wastes generated from construction activities.
Sponsoring Department: Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Funding Mechanism: Grant
Opening date: October 18, 2018
Closing date: December 12, 2018, 14:00 Eastern Standard Time
Plastics is a popular construction material where durability, waterproofing and light weight are valued, such as for wall sidings, insulation, pipes and roofing. The construction industry produces plastic wastes over the course of building, remodeling, repairing and tearing down residential and commercial structures. In Canada, over 30% of all plastic waste comes from the construction industry. These items tend to be large and bulky, expensive to transport, and take up large landfill capacity. In addition, some plastics used in construction are difficult to recycle, such as materials with fire retardant additives and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Furthermore, the presence of incompatible materials such as glass, cement or metal in construction waste interferes with the effectiveness and function of the recycling process, damage equipment, create an unsafe environment for recycling personnel, and add to the overall expense of recycling.
An innovative solution is needed to improve the recovery, reuse and recycling of plastic construction wastes generated by residential and commercial construction activities.
Desired outcomes and considerations
The proposal must:
- be informed by science, be evidence-based and consider environmental, social, and economic impacts.
- describe the proposed technology and how it compares with existing plastic alternatives and explains its benefits and drawbacks throughout the entire life-cycle (i.e. from input, production, use, and waste).
- Improved recycling of difficult to recycle plastic construction wastes, such as PVC and materials with fire retardant additives;
- Improved recovery, reuse and recycle of plastic wastes generated from construction activities;
- Scalable and cost effective solutions that can be easily integrated by construction and recycling industries; and,
- Work in various climatic conditions across Canada throughout the year.
Additional consideration for selection of winners:
- Cost Effective
- No adverse environmental impacts
Background and context
This challenge will support domestic action and innovation on this issue. Federal, provincial and territorial governments are working together through the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) to develop a comprehensive national zero plastic waste approach. The CCME proposes to move toward a circular economy for plastics by pursuing zero plastic waste, with a vision of keeping all types of plastic in the economy, and out of landfills and the environment.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is committed to protecting the environment while supporting businesses and Canadians to transition towards a zero plastic waste future. This challenge is highly relevant to ECCC's mandate and the federal government's commitment to move Canada towards a zero plastic waste economy. Canada has adopted the Oceans Plastic Charter, signed at the 2018 leaders' summit in Charlevoix, by committing to pursue actions to prevent plastic pollution and marine litter across the entire life cycle of plastics.
There could be significant cost savings from the improved recycling of discarded plastic construction material, especially for materials that are difficult to recycle such as PVC and materials with fire retardant additives. An effective recycling solution for plastic construction waste can reduce the cost needed to recycle plastic and turn it into a raw material, and in turn make it a competitive and sustainable alternative to virgin plastic feedstock. Savings can be realized by using the more affordable recycled plastic for future construction projects, while diverting new plastic from going to the landfill. Fewer visits to the landfill would also create savings for the industry.
Target user(s) of the solution include(s):
- Plastic resin producer
- Construction product manufacturer
- Waste management, recycling and value recovery
- Provincial, territorial and municipal governments
- Industry associations
- Academic and research organizations
Maximum value and travel
Maximum grant value
Multiple grants could result from this Challenge.
Funding of up to $150,000.00 CAD for up to 6 months could be available for any Phase 1 grant resulting from this Challenge.
Funding of up to $1,000,000.00 CAD for up to 2 years could be available for any Phase 2 grant resulting from this Challenge. Only eligible businesses that received Phase 1 funding could be considered for Phase 2.
This disclosure is made in good faith and does not commit Canada to award any grant for the total maximum funding value.
No travel is anticipated
Progress Review Meeting
Final Review Meeting
Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:
- for profit
- incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
- 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employeesFootnote *
- research and development activities that take place in Canada
- 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in CanadaFootnote *
- 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of workFootnote *
- 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residenceFootnote *
Part 1: Mandatory and Minimum Pass Mark Criteria
Proposals must meet all mandatory criteria (Questions 1a and 2) and achieve the minimum pass mark for Question 3 in order to be deemed responsive and proceed to Part 2.
1 a. Scope
Describe your proposed solution and how it responds to the challenge. Include in your description the scientific and technological basis upon which your solution is proposed and clearly identify how your solution meets all of the EssentialOutcomes (if identified) in the Desired Outcomes and Considerations section in the Challenge Notice.
Mandatory - Pass/Fail
2. Current Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
Mandatory - Pass/Fail
Pass: The Applicant/Bidder has demonstrated that the proposed solution is currently between TRLs 1 and 4 (inclusive), and provided justification by explaining the research and development (R&D) that has taken place to bring the solution to the stated TRL.
Fail: The Applicant/Bidder has not provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the current TRL is between 1 to 4 (inclusive) including:
Describe the novelty of your solution and how it advances the state-of-the-art over existing technologies, including competing solutions.
Point Rated with Minimum Pass Mark
The minimum pass mark for this criteria is 4 points.
0 points/Fail: The Applicant/Bidder has not demonstrated that the proposed solution advances the state-of-the-art over existing technologies, including available competing solutions; OR
The stated advancements are described in general terms but are not substantiated with specific, measurable evidence.
Part 2: Point-Rated Criteria
Proposals that do not achieve the overall minimum score of at least 55 points out of a possible 110 points (50%) will be declared non-responsive and given no further consideration.
The overall minimum score is determined by adding the Applicant/Bidder's scores from the following questions together (1b, 3, 4-13).
Describe how your proposed solution addresses the Additional Outcomes (if identified) in the Desired Outcomes and Considerations section in the Challenge Notice.
If no Additional Outcomes are identified in the Challenge Notice, Bidders/Applicants will receive 10 points
4. Phase 1 Science and Technology Risks
Identify potential scientific and/or technological risks to the successful development of the proof of concept and how they will be mitigated in Phase 1?
5. Benefits to Canada
Describe the benefits that could result from the successful development of your solution. Applicants/Bidders should consider the potential benefits using the following three categories:
6. Phase 1 Project Plan
Demonstrate a feasible Phase 1 project plan by completing the table.
Note: Phase 1 cannot exceed 6 months and TRL 4.
7. Phase 1 Project Risks
Identify potential project risks (eg. Human resources, financial, project management, etc) to the successful development of the proof of concept and how they will be mitigated?
8. Phase 1 Implementation Team
Demonstrate how your project implementation team has the required management and technological skill sets and experience to deliver the project plan for Phase 1 by completing the table. A member of the implementation team can have more than one role.
Include the labour rates and level of effort for each member. A day is defined as 7.5 hours of work, exclusive of meal breaks. The labour rates and level of effort will be reviewed as part of the evaluation for Question 10.
If your business were to receive funding from Innovative Solutions Canada, describe what actions (e.g., recruitment strategy, internships, co-op placements, etc.) might be taken in Phase 1 to support the participation of under-represented groups (e.g., women, youth, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, visible minorities) in the research and development of the proposed solution.
10. Phase 1 Financial Proposal
Demonstrate a realistic financial proposal for the Phase 1 project plan by completing the table.
11. Phase 1 Financial Controls, Tracking and Oversight
Describe the financial controls, tracking and oversight that will be used to manage the public funds throughout Phase 1.
12. Phase 2 Strategy
Describe a realistic strategy for the prototype development if selected to participate in Phase 2.
Responses should include:
13. Commercialization Approach
Describe your overall commercialization approach for the proposed solution.
Responses should include:
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