86% of plastic waste in Canada culminates in the landfill and remaining about 9% is recycled. The remaining is incinerated to produce energy. But it causes emission problems and plastic waste accumulates in the environment. Canada ships 12 per cent of its plast waste outside north America for recycling which ends up causing waste pollution in the environment around the world instead of being recycled and reused.
The plastic usage and waste grow at a rate of 8.4 per cent annually. As the plastic is found in everyday living essentials and requirements. The increase in the usage of plastic increases the production of plastic.
The country needs strict and specific rules for plastic many. The public is seeking a nation plastic strategy by the federal government to create plastic-free surroundings by the year 2025.
Zero plastic waste
The Canadian Council of Ministers of the environment, the federal, provincial and territorial government approved the Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic waste principles applied in November 2018.
The program provides a framework for the procedure of plastic reduction.
The strategy key areas encompass:
- Product design
- Single-use Plastics
- Collection of systems
- Recycling capacity.
- Consumer awareness
- Aquatic activities
- Research and monitoring
- Global action
Protocols and Rules
The Canadian government has implemented over 10 federal acts, regulations and agreements that prevent plastic waste and ocean litter. Microbeads in Toiletries in June 2017 announced regulations which prohibit the manufacture and sale of toiletries containing plastic microbeads, including non-prescription drugs.
in 2019 new federal efforts were made to add even the ocean plastics charter. This will take strict action to keep in check that the following are followed appropriately.
• Banning single-use plastics that cause harm as early as 2021 where supported by scientific evidence and warranted, and taking other steps to reduce plastic waste
• Working with provinces and territories to develop consistent extended producer responsibility programs so the same rules for collection and recycling apply to all companies that produce plastic
Plastic is an important and necessary con in our vitality. It has become a part of our lifestyle due to its vast use in different products. And the quality of the material is also very convenient for the use. It’s enduring, lightweight, cost-efficient.
The zero plastic waste scheme doesn’t imply zero use of plastic. It means the reduction and reuse of recycled plastic. Managing the life cycle to increase the economy and reduce plastic waste. It also suggests getting the best of recycle, reuse and reduce in Canada particularly.
Extended producer responsibility (EPR)
Stimulate proper and persist with the EPR programs for plastic waste management.
- Common material categorization.
- Performance Standards for reuse and recycling programs.
- Ways to motivate new innovations and reduce costs.
- Standard monitoring and verification approach. Released to the world by 2020 December.
Single-Use and Disposable Plastic programs for reducing single-use and disposal Plastics. Released by December 2021.
- Making a list of items targeted for reduction of waste.
- Specifying targets for improving plastic waste reduction.
-Can be completed by December 2021.
Incentives for a Circular economy.
Maintaining good supervision on disposal bans of end-of-life plastics and incentives to support the enactment came in the act in December 2019
- making restrictions on toxic additives used in plastic. (ongoing)
Infrastructure and Innovation Investments.
Assess infrastructure needs for improved plastic life-cycle to manage and work with the funding organisation and industry as well as with the jurisdictions to recognize how to ameliorate access to capital funding or financing – 2020 Completion year.