About CARI

The Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) represents well over 200 member companies in the recycling sector. Our members process, broker, and consume commodities, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electronics, paper, rubber, glass, textiles, and plastics.

Founded in 1941 when the Canadian government sought high-quality scrap metal to support the war effort, CARI has evolved into a powerful industry association with a membership that ranges from family-owned scrap yards to huge capital-intensive processing plants. The majority of our members deal primarily or exclusively in metals. Every CARI activity aims to improve the economic position of our member companies and promote the recycling industry.

Our mission


Core values

  • Recyclable materials are resources, not “waste”
  • Recycling is the industry of sustainable development
  • Recycling is an environmental solution
  • Recycling creates jobs
  • Canada should have a national recycling policy
  • Governments should ensure that products are properly designed for effective recycling
  • Governments should enact policies that increase demand for recycled products rather than focus on the collection of materials
  • Government legislation and regulations should be simple, harmonized, distinguish recyclables from waste, and support free trade

Organizational Structure

CARI represents both active members (those that handle, buy and/or sell recycled materials) and non-active members (organizations that support the active members). CARI members have the option of forming regional chapters.


CARI is governed by an elected, 12-person board of directors and includes 10 active member representatives from across Canada, one non-Canadian member representative, and the immediate Past Chair. The board establishes policies and procedures in keeping with CARI’s by-laws and issues directives to the association staff, who undertake day-to-day activities.


CARI’s chief staff officer is the President and CEO, who oversees daily operations and implements policies set forth by the board.

2022-23 Board of Directors

Atlantic Region
Quebec Region
Ontario Region
Prairie Region
Alberta Region
British Columbia Region
U.S. Region
  • TBD

Past Chair

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