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Plastic Pollution - Is Canada Doing Enough? Post 2 of 4

by Beth Dunlop 31 May 2024
Plastic Pollution - Is Canada Doing Enough? Post 2 of 4

Plastic packaging and single-use plastics (SUPs) account for 35% of all plastics on the market in 2018. They also make up over 50% of all plastic waste generated in Canada, with less than 14% recycled, meaning most ends up in landfills, incinerators, or the environment, including the oceans.

Canada is proposing a no-more-plastic action plan with a focus on the Manufacturing, Fishing and Agricultural sectors. For the average Canadian, the Government is Implementing a 'Canada wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste', which includes:

➡️ Improved labeling, including the misleading “chasing arrows” ♻️

➡️ Prohibiting the manufacture, import and sale of single-use plastic e.g. checkout bags, cutlery, ring carriers, stir sticks, straws, and selected foodservice items (some exceptions apply)

➡️ Plastic packaging in Canada to contain at least 50% recycled content by 2030

➡️ All levels of government to work with industry, to recycle and reuse a target of 55% of all plastic all packaging 2030

➡️ Industry target to achieve 100% reusable, recyclable, or, where viable alternatives do not exist, recoverable, plastics by 2030

➡️ Target to recover 100% of all plastics by 2040 

➜➜ Is Canada on track? 🤔

❌ NO – according to this report card: 

❓ Is Canada doing enough? Should consumers do more? How to hold Canadian businesses, government and manufacturers accountable?

More links:

➡️ What has/ not worked:

➡️ Strategy on zero plastic waste from 2018/2019: 

➡️ Federal Plastics Registry:

➡️ Canada Auditor report:


‼️ Next post - What the EU is doing – is this an example for Canada to follow?

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