THE GREAT LAKES ARE FILLING UP WITH PLASTICS.
TELL CANADA TO ACT NOW!
Every year, some 10,000 tonnes of plastic pollution flows into the Great Lakes. This source of drinking water for millions of people- in Canada and the US- has a higher concentration of plastic pollution than the ocean garbage patches.
Big Plastic shamelessly places the blame on others – like litterbugs, municipal waste management, and even the Global South –when the reality is that there’s too much plastic being made, used (once or twice) and thrown away with nowhere to go but landfills, incinerators … and too often straight into our environment and the Great Lakes. Despite increased pressure from Big Plastic to stop action on plastic pollution, Canada has committed to reaching zero plastic waste by 2030 but it needs to move quickly.
The federal government already released final regulations to ban six harmful single-use plastics by the end of 2022. It’s a good start but it’s not enough to curb the wave of plastic pollution filling up waterways and the Great Lakes.
It’s time for the federal government to:
- Expand the bans to include more harmful single-use plastics;
- Require reusable packaging and make it affordable and widely available;
- Reject false solutions, including the burning of plastic waste as fuel;
- Protect our waterways from spills of plastic manufacturing pellets.
Urge the federal government to #ExpandTheBans on single-use plastics and protect the Great Lakes.
Your letter will be sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change