TELL THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CANADA’S PLASTIC DISASTER
WE WANT REAL SOLUTIONS: BAN BURNING PLASTIC WASTE, INVEST IN REUSABLE PACKAGING SYSTEMS AND BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
Canada produces around 3.3 million tonnes of plastic waste. Every. Single. Year. We cannot recycle our way out of this plastic disaster; the government needs to implement real solutions.
Only eight per cent of Canada’s plastic waste is recycled and another four per cent is incinerated, which is often hidden under the umbrella term “advanced recycling.” This is expected to increase to 22 per cent by 2030, releasing even more harmful cancer-causing emissions into the air, water and soil. Our government cannot allow this to continue. We need real solutions, not more pollution.
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 only long-term solution to achieving zero plastic waste. 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 this failing system and work toward zero plastic waste. Tell the Canadian government it needs to:
- Ban burning plastic waste
- Invest in refillable and reusable packaging solutions
- Include recycled content in all plastic manufactured items
- Ban all unnecessary single-use plastics
JOIN US AND TELL PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE STEVEN GUILBEAULT THAT CANADIANS WANT #ZEROPLASTICWASTE