For immediate release: September 18th, 2018

Media advisory: Environmental Defence spokesperson available for interviews in Halifax, N.S. regarding the G7 Environment ministers’ meeting on ocean plastics

Released this week: Media backgrounder on controversial inclusion of incineration as plastic waste diversion option

Halifax, N.S. – An Environmental Defence Spokesperson is available between Tuesday, September 18th and Thursday, September 20th, for interviews regarding the G7 Environment Ministers’ meeting on ocean plastics. Ashley Wallis is available on the ground to bring context to the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter, what it means for Canada’s national plastics strategy, and why incineration should not be included.

For more information please see our Media Backgrounder on Incineration.

Environmental Defence will be taking part in a stakeholder engagement session on the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter on Wednesday, September 19th.

WHAT: Environmental Defence Spokesperson available for interviews in Halifax, N.S.

WHEN: Tuesday Sept. 18 – Thursday Sept. 20

WHO: Ashley Wallis, Water and Plastics Program Manager, Environmental Defence

MORE: The G7 Ocean Plastics Charter was created in June 2018 at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, and signed by five of the G7 nations and the European Union.  The Charter commits the signatory nations “to move toward a more resource-efficient and sustainable approach to the management of plastics” through a range of targets and action plans. It also includes “recovery” – burning plastic waste to create energy – as an allowable form of waste diversion. As further explained in a media backgrounder, released today, incineration:

  • Is inconsistent with ensuring waste plastic is re-used
  • Incents more new plastic production
  • Discourages investment into new recycling technology

Download the media backgrounder here.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact
Rachel Kitchin, Environmental Defence, 416-805-0026 (cell) rkitchin@environmentaldefence.ca