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July 8, 2022

Oceana Canada calls on government to reduce single-use plastic waste

The organisation has called for 'stringent' laws to make more refillable, reusable consumer packaging options available.

Non-profit ocean conservation organisation Oceana Canada has called on the Canadian government to continue with its efforts to prevent harmful single-use plastics from entering oceans.

The organisation has asked the government to introduce ‘stringent’ recycled content laws to increase the availability of refillable and reusable consumer packaging options.

It has also called for an end to the practice of burning plastic waste, which releases harmful emissions into the air, water and soil.

Oceana Canada stated that only 8% of the three million tonnes of plastic produced in Canada is recycled, while the remaining is either burned or ends up in landfills and the environment.

The country is estimated to burn 22% of its plastic waste a year by 2030, compared with 4% in 2019, via a toxic process called advanced recycling.

Oceana Canada plastic campaigner Anthony Merante said: “We cannot recycle and burn our way out of this disaster.

“We need Canadians to join us in standing up to the plastic pollution crisis and insist that our government move us away from unnecessary single-use plastics that harm our planet and toward the most viable long-term solutions to achieve zero plastic waste: refillable and reusable packaging choices.”

As part of its efforts to reduce plastic pollution, Oceana Canada has been engaged in various initiatives since 2019.

These include meeting with decision-makers, publishing reports on the state of plastic and encouraging Canadians to call on the federal government to ban the production of single-use plastics.

Market research conducted by Abacus Data found that 91% of respondents in Canada support a plastic waste reduction strategy to minimise the use of single-use plastic.

A further 92% of respondents said that a plastic reduction strategy should include methods other than recycling, such as reusable alternatives.

In December last year, Oceana reported that levels of plastic pollution caused by online retailer Amazon’s deliveries increased by 29% over the course of a year.

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