HELP STOP BURNING PLASTIC WASTE IN CANADA
Canada is heading down a path that is filling our oceans with plastic pollution; a path focused on false solutions, with no clear alternatives to the plastic disaster.
The problem? Burning plastic as a form of recycling.
Right now, four per cent of Canada’s plastic waste is burned or incinerated, a fact that is often hidden by using terms like “energy from waste,” “advanced recycling” or “chemical recycling.” What’s worse is that by 2030, up to 22 per cent of Canada’s plastic waste is expected to be burned.
This form of “recycling” releases harmful, cancer-causing emissions into the air, water and soil. The Canadian government cannot continue to allow burning plastic waste as recycling. It has wasted millions of dollars investing in plastic waste incineration facilities and has seen no return on investment.
We need real solutions for the oceans, not more pollution. This means investing in refill and reuse systems to reduce our plastic waste right at the source and keeping plastic out of the oceans, incinerators and landfill.
Ensuring our government creates and implements systems that clean, refill and reuse the same packaging over and over – like the milk jug model of decades past – is the long-term solution to achieving zero plastic waste and ending toxic cycles of plastic waste “management.” In fact, studies show that by increasing refillable alternatives by 50 per cent, we could see a reduction of plastic pollution in the ocean by up to 83 per cent.
To change the path Canada is on, the government must rethink our current system and work toward zero plastic waste. Sign the petition and tell the Canadian government to:
- Ban burning plastic waste
- Invest in refillable and reusable packaging solutions
JOIN US AND TELL THE GOVERNMENT THAT CANADIANS WANT #ZEROPLASTICWASTE.