Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution confirms negative impact of plastic pollution on the environment in Canada
“Science confirms that plastic pollution is everywhere and is negatively impacting our environment. This assessment will inform our decisions as our government follows through on our commitment to ban harmful single-use plastics as soon as 2021 because Canadians expect us to.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
The Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution surveys the existing state of science and looks at the presence and effects of macro- and microplastic pollution on the environment and human health.
Globally, about 8 million tonnes of plastic pollution enter the oceans each year. This amount is equivalent to dumping one garbage truckload of plastic into the ocean every minute.
Canadians throw away over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. Only 9 percent is recycled while the rest ends up in landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, or the environment.
In 2018, Canadians removed over 116,000 kilograms of litter from shorelines across Canada through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The most commonly littered items on our shorelines are single-use or short-lived products (many containing plastics) such as cigarette butts, bottles and caps, bags, and straws.
In Canada, up to 15 billion plastic bags are used every year and close to 57 million straws are used daily.
By improving how we manage plastic waste and investing in innovative solutions, we can reduce 1.8 million tonnes of carbon pollution, generate billions of dollars in revenue, and create approximately 42,000 jobs.
- Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution
- Increasing Knowledge on Plastic Pollution Initiative
- Information on plastic pollution
- Canada to ban harmful single-use plastics and hold companies responsible for plastic waste
- Zero plastic waste: Canada’s actions
- Canada-wide strategy on zero plastic waste and phase 1 of action plan
- Ocean Plastics Charter
- Canada’s Plastics Science Agenda
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