Canada’s environment ministers are planning to reduce the total amount of waste by 30% per person by 2030, with a 50% reduction goal by 2040.
The federal government, provinces and territories have agreed to advance Canada-wide zero-plastic-waste strategy, which will help reduce plastic pollution.
In June this year, the Canada government has launched international Ocean Plastics Charter to protect ocean health and combat plastic pollution.
Canada-wide zero-plastic-waste strategy has been designed to keep plastics in the economy and eliminate from the economy.
The strategy will enable to provide solutions to prevent, reduce, reuse, and clean up plastic waste.
With circular-economy approach, the strategy enables to design plastic products and packaging for durability, reuse and recycling across the value chain.
The strategy will also support companies that produce products containing plastics or using plastic packaging to enhance plastic-waste collection, management systems, and infrastructure across Canada.
Canada-wide zero-plastic-waste strategy will also help increase the responsible use and recycling of single-use products, and improve understanding of the issue and solutions through research and innovation.
The strategy also includes taking action for capturing and removing the plastic litter found on shorelines and nearshore waters.
Canada environment and climate change minister Catherine McKenna said: “Plastic pollution doesn’t know any borders. That’s why it’s so important that we tackle this problem together. We made important progress today with provinces and territories to protect our oceans and reduce plastic pollution in Canada.
“With the longest coastline in the world and thousands of communities and wildlife that depend on our oceans, lakes and rivers, we need to beat plastic pollution together to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”
The government of Canada has launched and supported multiple initiatives to reduce plastic pollution, including the launch of Ocean Plastics Charter at the G7 in Charlevoix and investment of $65m for plastic-waste solutions in developing countries, as well as advanced private-public partnerships across the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership.
Canada is working with G7 members to establish a G7 innovation challenge to address marine plastic litter.