THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF CANADA’S PROPOSED PLASTiC PROHiBiTiON REGULATiONS
Justin Trudeau’s government had introduced a single use plastic ban in 2021 to effectively manage waste in Canada. This ban impacts recycling, reduce and reuse programs and business operations across Canada. This pathway to zero waste introduced by the federal government will cause producers to innovate new ways to reuse plastic in the country. Create a policy brief outlining and analysing the existing actions taken on the plastic pollution and how they will aid in meeting sustainable development goals. Further include recommendations and strategies to effectively achieve zero waste by 2030. Consider looking into Fisheries ACT and UNDRIP for a more in-depth analysis.
Canada’s current plans to ban six categories of single-use plastics will result in a sheer 4% reduction in Canada’s annually generated plastic waste, and a 7% reduction in plastic pollution generated in the same period (Government of Canada 2021). With 2.8 million tonnes of plastic going to landfills and 29,000 tonnes becoming plastic pollution (Government of Canada 2021), these reduction numbers, to say the least, aren’t extremely impressive. Through the revision of criteria regarding the selection of which single-use plastics to ban, and the closing of loopholes that allow more and more plastic to be produced regardless of the regulations, Canada will improve its chances of being sustainable and achieving zero-waste by 2030.
Author: Bryce Du