- Single-use Plastic
No Time to Waste: Six Ways Canada Can Progress to Zero Plastic Waste by 2025
The world is facing a plastic pollution crisis. Plastic pollution has been found practically everywhere scientists look— in the high arctic and the deep sea, in food and water, and even inside us. Canada is a significant contributor to this problem. Every year, 4.5 million tonnes of plastic are introduced to the Canadian market.
One of the biggest contributors to all of this waste is single-use plastics. In 2019, the federal government announced it plans to launch a package of measures to reduce single-use plastic waste and make companies accountable for the waste they generate. As the public waits to find out what the government is going to do next, this report draws from existing experiences to outline six immediate steps all levels of government (federal, provincial, and municipal) can take to drastically reduce waste caused by single-use plastics in Canada by 2025.