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Natureza e Meio Ambiente / 07/06/2021

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Disposable plastic is now considered toxic waste in Canada

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Disposable plastic is now considered toxic waste in Canada

Fonte National Observer

The Canadian government has enacted a primary environmental law in the country, which considers disposable plastic to be a toxic waste.

This paves the way for other measures to reduce this waste, proposed by government officials last year.

Approximately 3.3 million tonnes of plastic are discarded in Canada each year and less than 10% – around 305,000 tonnes – are recycled.

The Canadian government has enacted a primary environmental law in the country, which considers disposable plastic to be a toxic waste.

This paves the way for other measures to reduce this waste, proposed by government officials last year.

Approximately 3.3 million tonnes of plastic are discarded in Canada each year and less than 10% – around 305,000 tonnes – are recycled.

The rest goes to landfills, incineration, rivers, lakes and oceans, according to a 2022 study commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

Movement against disposable plastics

The new law, passed in May, prohibits the use of disposable plastics such as bags, straws, food packaging and even cutlery.

The government has included these products in Classification 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which lists all toxic substances present in the country and provides for the management of each one of them, considering the potential risks associated with environmental pollution.

With the law, disposable plastics will be sent to different dump zones, which will treat the waste like other toxic items, such as batteries, batteries and hospital supplies.

There will also be more intensified ive collection, which will direct waste to accredited cooperatives.

Total elimination of plastic in the country

According to Karen Wirsig, Environmental Defense program manager, this was just the first step.

“We need to reduce the amount of plastic that is placed on the market and, therefore, into the environment. We need to find alternatives to plastics in many cases,” she explains.

She also spoke about the government's intention to completely ban the use of plastic in the country by 2030. However, for this to happen, some structural and cultural changes are needed in the country.

“Recycling alone will not solve this problem. We would like to see additional commitments for, for example, refillable beverage containers ​​or reusable packaging ​​or … reuse targets,” said Karen. "This sort of thing will really allow for the kind of circular economy we want to see."


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