A global agreement to curb plastic pollution is a few steps closer to becoming a reality after several countries, including the European Union — but not Canada — backed a draft resolution that will speed up negotiations towards an agreement.
Canada and the U.S. share an $18.8-million scrap plastic trade, sending truckloads of waste across the border every day. But what happens to these shipments after they've crossed international boundaries?
New rules to end plastic pollution in Canada are under "misleading" attacks by a shadowy coalition of Canadian plastic manufacturers, environmental advocates warn following the release of a new survey.
The revamped rules are a “bold step” that would shift costs to industry and keep more types of packaging away from landfills, provincial Environment Minister Jeff Yurek said. But critics say the burden could be passed to consumers, and that new targets are too low.
Over 40 leading Canadian researchers signed a letter this week urging Canada to support efforts to create a global UN treaty to address plastic pollution. About two-thirds of countries globally and several major food and beverage companies have indicated support for the approach.