Canada is taking action to reduce plastic waste. The federal government plans to ban six single-use plastic products and list plastic as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Companies that profit from pumping plastics into our economy —and the environment—are spreading disinformation to try to prevent any new rules. Here’s the information you need to push back!

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FACT 1: Banning unnecessary plastic items helps to stop plastic pollution

There is no better way to stop birds and other animals from getting strangled by unnecessary packaging than to ban plastic six-pack rings and other plastics that animals get ensnared in. Banning the checkout bags that are filling the world’s oceans and deserts is a crucial step in preventing whales or camels from starving to death with bellies full of plastic.



FACT 2: We can’t recycle our way out of the plastics crisis

Recycling has been around for more than four decades. During that time, the amount of plastics polluting our environment has grown substantially.

Recycling was originally created by the plastics industry as a way to greenwash its activities. Back in 1974, an industry insider admitted that recycling was never going to be economically viable — and that continues to be true today.


FACT 3: Investing in plastics is investing in fossil fuels—and that is a bad investment

The plastics industry is looking for handouts as part of Canada’s recovery from COVID-19. But subsidizing plastics production so they can pump more plastics into the environment is not the way to “build back better.”



FACT 4: The government needs to label plastics as toxic in order to regulate them

The plastics industry is fear-mongering over the government’s plan to label plastics as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), claiming that the “toxic” label will cause problems. But the federal government’s own scientific assessment confirms that plastic harms the environment and there is growing evidence that it affects human health too.

FACT 5: Plastic pollution is NOT consumers’ fault

Yes, people should recycle and not litter. However, individual people handling their waste properly is not going to solve the world’s plastic problem or even Canada’s.



FACT 6: Canadians generate the most waste per capita of all countries in the world

Here’s the truth: Canadians generate the most waste per capita of all countries. Every year, 125 kg of plastic are introduced into the Canadian market for every person who lives here. That’s a massive pile that is mostly used just once and then thrown away.

FACT 7: Unnecessary packaging comes at a cost

Retailers have been saying that plastics regulations could cause the price of products to go up. What retailers are really saying is that if there are any costs associated with the new plastics restrictions, they will pass them on to us at the checkout counter. What they’re not saying is that we already pay the costs associated with their packaging.



FACT 8: The federal government isn’t planning to ban ALL plastics, only some single-use plastics

This one’s a doozy — but some folks out there are fear-mongering, claiming that banning plastic straws and the likes will lead to a ban on hockey equipment and IV bags. It’s absurd. The federal government has no plan to ban ALL plastics, despite what some pro-plastics lobbyists might say.

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Write to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and urge them to get moving to rein in our ever-growing plastics problem.

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Visit our Plastic Wall of Shame to learn more about the dismal or greenwashing efforts of companies to reduce plastic waste in Canada.

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