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Canada Now Issuing Recyclable Plastic Polymer Banknotes

by , 06/24/11
filed under: Recycled Materials

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Our neighbors to the north are making environmental strides by changing the material they use to make their money. Canada’s first polymer bank note has just been unveiled, and is now being issued in $100 bills.  The new notes are more durable than the country’s current paper bills and they can be recycled!


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By 2012, Canada will begin introducing polymer $20 and $50 bills. The new notes are a feat for currency design and security. Many new security features make the notes harder to counterfeit, which include clear windows on the face of the note, and a maple leaf-shaped window that reveals the bill’s amount when held to the light.

Canada has seen an increase in counterfeit money over the last ten years, particularly in the $100 denomination. Taking note from Australia, who introduced polymer bills in 1988, and now suffers little counterfeiting, Canada decided to follow suit.

In addition to reducing counterfeiting, the polymer bills also carry a positive environmental impact as compared to their paper predecessors. Polymer bills are tough and durable, and can therefore outlast paper bills, which experience extraordinary wear and tear from regular circulation. The longer lasting bills mean less production, less energy spent, and less waste. Moreover, paper bills must be destroyed when rendered unusable, but the new notes’ plastic polymer can be recycled anew.

Canada already uses nearly indestructible coins for their $1 and $2 denominations, and the government hopes to reach 70-80% of circulation with the new polymer notes by mid 2013.

+ Bank of Canada

Via The Globe and Mail

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4 Comments

  1. dbur078 June 26, 2011 at 8:13 am

    We have them in New Zealand too. They’re great – if you accidentally leave a $5 in your pocket when you put your clothes through the wash, the note will still be usable!

  2. moe420 June 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    the 100′s are not out until NOV2011
    the 50′s MARCH2012
    and the 5′s and 10′s will be issued by late 2013.

    http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/

  3. thevoice June 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    By the way, just thought I’d point out that the new currency will only start being issued as of November 2011. The samples shown are from the Royal Canadian Mint.

  4. gerrymetal June 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    We have polymer £5 nots in Northern ireland too. I’m not sure why they haven’t been introduced more widespread in other denominations..

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