Environment and Climate Change Canada Focuses in on Marine Plastics
Posted on: April 27, 2018
Nipigon Bay Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Participants in a September 16, 2017 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup organized by Parks Canada on Lake Superior’s Nipigon Bay. According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, since 1994, volunteers participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup have collected 1.2 million kg of waste. Photo: J. Bailey/Infosuperior.com

Cleaning up, again and again and again…simply isn’t a sustainable practice. Somebody had to say “enough is enough”, and it looks like the person in charge at Environment and Climate Change Canada did just that.

Catherine Mckenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, announced on Earth Day (April 22, 2018) that the federal government has launched a new website for the public to share views and ideas regarding how the government could deal with marine plastics.

“Marine litter is a global problem: it’s also found on all of Canada’s coasts and in freshwater areas, including the Great Lakes.” -Environment and Climate Change Canada

 

How to deal with plastic?
Ideas about how to deal with plastic waste are coming in through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s new website. Click the image above to proceed to the new website.

Plastics are polymers, chain-like molecules composed of carbon, hydrogen and sometimes other elements, which makes them malleable and easily molded. The tremendously versatile applications of plastics have led to an exponential growth in the plastic industry since they were first developed synthetically in the 1950’s. Because plastics are not easily recycled and often used for single-use applications like straws, food packaging and plastic cups, they have become huge contributors to landfills and marine waste.

“Each year, globally, about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans. This is like dumping the content of one garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute.” – Environment and Climate Change Canada.

 

Recommending that individuals look at reducing their personal use of single-use plastics, the government website states that federal action is also required.

Only an estimated 11% of plastics in Canada make it to the recycling plant. Image: Public Domain.

The Government of Canada is reaching out to Canadians to hear their views and suggestions toward reaching zero plastic waste in Canada. If you would like to contribute, contact Environment and Climate Change Canda via the new PlaceSpeak discussion board, through e-mail at ec.plastiques-plastics.ec@canada.ca, or send mail to:

Plastics Consultation
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd., Place Vincent Massey, 9-064
Gatineau QC  K1A 0H3

Related October 1, 2017 Infosuperior article:

Nipigon Bay Beach Cleanup Nets Almost 200,000 “Nurdles”

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