Discussion on A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current status: Open

Discussion paper opened on October 7, 2020. The proposed Order will open on October 10, 2020. Both documents will close to new input on December 9, 2020.

The Government of Canada is seeking your comments on A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution and the proposed Order to add “plastic manufactured items” to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA). Your comments will help inform actions to advance the comprehensive plastic agenda to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030 and foster a circular economy that keeps plastic in the economy and out of the environment.

Background

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of Canadians is the Government of Canada’s top priority. The pandemic has demonstrated the key role of some plastics in saving lives and minimizing the spread of disease. In particular, personal protective equipment (PPE) has played an important role in keeping Canadians safe, particularly our frontline health care workers.

Plastic is an important material used in all sectors of our economy and delivering benefits to Canadians lives. Plastic manufactured items can include final products, such as single-use products and packaging, as well as components of more complex products such as electronics, automobiles, construction materials and many others.

When they reach the end of their useful lives and are thrown away, they become plastic waste. If plastic manufactured items are released into the environment outside a managed waste stream, they become plastic pollution. Science shows that plastic pollution is everywhere and that it harms wildlife, their habitat and ecosystems.

The Government of Canada has begun taking action to reduce plastic pollution and waste through a comprehensive approach that invests and targets actions in various stages of the life-cycle of plastic products such as product design and manufacturing, use and end-of-life management across the various sectors of the economy that utilize plastics. Find out more on Canada’s actions on zero plastic waste.

The Government is now building on the strong momentum across Canadian society and taking the next steps in its role to prevent pollution, provide market certainty and the level playing field for companies to invest in and transition to a circular plastics economy for Canada.

The proposed Order and discussion paper on an integrated management approach will inform the next steps in our commitment to ban or restrict the use of certain harmful single-use plastics, where warranted and supported by science as well as set the foundation for future action to reduce plastic waste and prevent pollution.

This ban or restriction is part of the Government of Canada’s comprehensive approach to meet its target of zero plastic waste by 2030. It complements government and business actions to transition to a more circular economy that will not only reduce pressure on the environment, but also increase competitiveness, stimulate innovation and boost economic growth by creating new jobs.

Who is the focus of this consultation

We invite all Canadians to participate in this consultation. We especially want to hear from:

How to participate

You can submit your comments via email at: ec.plastiques-plastics.ec@canada.ca

To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, please carefully review our privacy statement.

Related information

Discussion paper on a Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution

Proposed Order adding plastic manufactured items to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution

Canada’s Zero Plastic Waste website

Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste

Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste

Ocean Plastics Charter

Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations

Contact us

Program Development and Engagement Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Gatineau (Quebec) K1A 0H3

Fax: 819-938-5212
Email: ec.plastiques-plastics.ec@canada.ca

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