The Government of Canada has initiated a public consultation for the creation of the Federal Plastics Registry, aimed at reducing plastic pollution in the country. 

The consultation was launched by Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault on 30 December 2023.  

Open until 13 February 2024, it invites input from Canadians and interested parties.  

The proposed registry would require producers to report annually on the types and quantities of plastic they introduce to the market, its economic journey, and end-of-life management.  

This data collection is intended to help monitor the presence of plastic in the economy and gauge progress towards eliminating plastic waste via a modern reporting platform.

The Federal Plastics Registry is designed to complement existing provincial and territorial reporting obligations under extended producer responsibility programmes.  

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Guilbeault said: “Canadians are demanding action to tackle the plastic waste and pollution crisis, and the federal government will continue to act. The Federal Plastics Registry is an important tool that will help track and manage plastics across the economy.  

“It will support provinces and territories in making producers responsible for their plastic waste at end of life and help move Canada toward a circular economy for plastics.” 

The government is also collaborating with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment to execute the nationwide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste and Action Plan. 

This is part of the country’s commitment to expand the zero-plastic agenda both domestically and internationally.