Plastic waste and pollution is at the forefront of environmental concerns and impacts. Every year, humans allow more than eight million tonnes of plastic to enter the world’s oceans.
Keeping plastics out of our oceans is not only right for the environment and the future of our species, it’s also good for business. Responsible plastic management provides social, economic and environmental benefits. Plastics are an important material with rapidly expanding uses, but 95 per cent of global plastic packaging ends up as waste and is lost to the economy, creating costs and lost opportunity.
We are rethinking the way we design, use, reuse and recycle plastic packaging.
Canada Plastics Pact
In 2021, we joined over 40 businesses in the local plastics value chain to launch the Canada Plastics Pact as a signatory partner, and work collectively to end plastic waste and pollution.
The Canada Plastics Pact is working toward clear, actionable targets by 2025, with a focus on plastics packaging to
- Define a list of plastic packaging that is to be designated as problematic or unnecessary and take measures to eliminate them by 2025
- Support efforts towards 100% of plastic packaging being designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025
- Undertake ambitious actions to ensure that at least 50% of plastic packaging is effectively recycled or composted by 2025
- Ensure an average of at least 30% recycled content across all plastic packaging (by weight) by 2025
Ellen MacArthur Foundation Global Commitment
We endorse the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment’s common vision of a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste. In addition to our endorsement, we made the following specific commitments:
- We will collaborate with businesses and governments in order to help increase reuse/recycling/composting rates for plastics;
- We will advocate for a system of harmonized Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations across Canada as a critical mechanism for developing circular supply chains; and
- We will advocate for public procurement policies that require increasing amounts of recycled content in packaging and products and 100% recyclable plastic packaging as effective and visible means of promoting circular economy outcomes.
In addition, we are working with Recycle BC to achieve its plastic targets as follows:
- General plastic target of 50% by 2025;
- Rigid plastic target of 55% by 2022; and 60% by 2025;
- Flexible plastic target of 22% by 2022; and 25% by 2025.