Canadians are asking for action to combat the plastics that contaminate our environment and food chains.

Recently, the Federal Government banned the most frequent and harmful kinds of single-use plastics. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, writes about the government’s decision and what means for Canadians.

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Plastic is everywhere. We use it in packaging, construction, agriculture, automobiles, electronics, textiles, and medical equipment.

While plastic has revolutionized our lives, plastic pollution has emerged as a key environmental issue worldwide.

Of the four-million tonnes of plastic waste that’s thrown away in Canada every year, only eight per cent is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills and our natural environment, littering our parks, beaches, streets, and other places we value.

Plastic pollution chokes wildlife and clogs 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 this. It’s what Canadians are asking for. Now is the time for action.

Preview text: Steven Guilbeault, July 4, 2022, the Toronto Star.

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