We know that Reduce and Reuse are key for tackling plastic pollution at the source. Yet the Canadian government prefers to focus on recycling in order to achieve its goal of zero plastic waste by 2030. Now’s the time to tell Minister Wilkinson that we need bolder actions.
Bottles, cups and food wrappers are part of a long list of throwaway plastics that regularly pollute the environment in Canada and around the world.
Almost all plastics are made from fossil fuels. They pollute at every stage of their lifecycle and actively contribute to the climate crisis. They represent a danger to the health of wildlife, ecosystems and ourselves.
With a broken recycling system and a nasty habit of exporting and offloading our trash problems on countries in the Global South, we must immediately stop producing problematic and unnecessary plastics in the first place.
We need to move towards a just and zero waste future and stop relying on polluting fossil-fuel derived products that leave us in the past.
That means we need to ban all non-essential plastics, not only a handful of them. That includes single-use plastics that regularly pollute, that end up as trash and that already have reusable alternatives.
We also must require corporations to take full responsibility for the lifecycle of their products and waste, and invest in innovative delivery systems that focus on reuse and refill systems. The Reuse Revolution is already happening. We need to ramp it up to create the new, circular economy that respects nature’s limits.
The federal government is seeking public input on its zero plastic waste strategy before December 9th. Now’s the moment to tell Minister Wilkinson that we need real action to transition to a truly circular, zero waste economy.Email the government
The federal government is seeking public input on its zero plastic waste strategy before December 9th. Now’s the moment to tell Minister Wilkinson that we need real action to transition to a truly circular, zero waste economy.