It’s time to act – Trail Daily Times

Plastic is everywhere.

We use it in packaging, construction, agriculture, automotive, electronics, textiles and medical equipment.

While plastic has revolutionized our lives, plastic pollution has become a major environmental problem all over the world.

Of the four million tonnes of plastic waste that is thrown away in Canada every year, only eight percent is recycled.

The rest ends up in landfills and our natural environment, littering our parks, beaches, streets and other places we enjoy.

Plastic pollution is choking wildlife and clogging waterways.

It breaks down into tiny pieces, ending up in the soil, oceans and air, and even our drinking water and food.

We have to change that.

That is what Canadians are asking for.

It’s time to act.

Just recently, our federal government announced that we are banning some of the most common and harmful single-use plastics, including plastic checkout bags, plastic cutlery, six-pack rings, stir sticks, straws and some hard-to-recycle food containers as shells.

While the domestic production and import of these harmful single-use plastics will be banned at the end of this year, Canadian businesses like restaurants can use them until the end of next year, giving them the time to adapt.

Over the next decade, this global ban on harmful single-use plastics will result in the estimated disposal of more than 1.3 million tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastic waste. It’s about creating cleaner communities and a cleaner environment.

It’s about providing Canadians with the sustainable alternatives they demand and developing new business opportunities in a greener economy. This ban represents a historic step in our government’s promise to reduce plastic waste throughout our society, where possible.

But we know that we can’t stop ourselves from getting out of this problem.

Plastic will remain a useful part of our lives. Our government’s plan is to responsibly manage plastic so it stays in the economy and stops polluting our environment.

Our global plan will also mean that plastic manufacturers must use 50% recycled plastic in all the plastic products they make, and that the ‘chasing the arrows’ recycling symbol on products can only be used if we know that these products can actually be recycled in Canada. .

These are just good management measures based on common sense.

And they will help grow our economy towards more circular waste management, which is proven to generate jobs and reduce business costs.

Canadians have been very clear. They want to eliminate plastic pollution from our streets, our water and our environment.

With the right tools and rules in place, a better, greener and more circular economy awaits.

Steven Guilbeault,

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada

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