Vancouver – In response to the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s action plan on plastic waste in Canada, Greenpeace Canada Head of Plastic and Oceans Campaign, Sarah King said:  

“The CCME’s Action Plan is so off base when it comes to actually tackling the plastic pollution crisis and the tonnes of plastic produced, consumed and thrown out each year across this country that it’s almost a farce. This whole plan is focused on making better plastics and what to do with plastic waste once it is created, meanwhile billions of throwaway plastics are produced each week. The word reduction is barely mentioned, and mainly in reference to waste. The word reuse is even less. You cannot address plastic pollution and reduce plastic waste without reducing production, distribution and consumption. Unless the environment ministers and federal government get serious about reduction by banning problem plastics and supporting a new system of product delivery in Canada based on reuse and refill models, we will be no further ahead by the plan’s set deadlines.” 

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For more information, contact: 

Marie-Christine Fiset, Head of Media, Greenpeace Canada

mfiset@greenpeace.org; +1 514 400-3256