Bill C-204 seeks to halt only the export of plastic waste labelled “for final disposal,” however environmental groups note Canadian plastic is often mislabelled as recyclable and gets shipped to countries that lack the proper infrastructure to effectively recycle mixed or contaminated plastic waste.
Emerging research on microplastics suggests they can leak harmful chemicals into the environment. On the East Coast, one researcher is working to understand the impact of these tiny particles — and reckoning with science's colonial legacy at the same time.
The federal government is calling for a new “circular economy” that would rely on massively scaling up existing recycling facilities and still-nascent recycling technologies to keep disposable plastic ubiquitous in our daily lives. But can recycling really save us?
Canada's $28-billion plastics industry has always resisted efforts to curtail production. But with the federal government proposing a ban on certain single-use items and looking to classify plastic as toxic, the pushback has grown even greater.
Abacus Data polled 1,500 people, a majority of whom want the list of banned plastics to include other commonly littered plastics products: hot and cold drink cups, cigarette filters, and all forms of polystyrene.
Bio-based plastics, most of them compostable to some degree, are proliferating across Canada. Yet millions of compostable cups, containers and bags will probably still end up in landfills. It’s a crisis driven, in part, by bad communication.