Canada plans to reduce Plastic Waste 50% per capita by 2040


OTTAWA (Scrap Register): The Canadian government has announce to create a federal plan to reduce plastic waste usage and pollution. The plan calls for reducing per capita plastic waste 30% by 2030 and 50% by 2040.

The Canadian government estimates reducing per capita plastic waste by those levels could create 85,000 jobs and $4.2 billion in GDP by 2040. It also estimated this could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 million metric tons.

The plan's most ambitious element is that it would cover all of Canada, rather than any individual province or community. Other countries such as the United Kingdom have previously announced nationwide plastic waste-reduction goals, but the measures are most frequently seen on local or municipal levels.

Canada also has a history of provincial-level action on plastics, with regions such as British Columbia doing substantial work on extended producer responsibility (EPR).

The difference between provinces that practice EPR and those that don't were made apparent in early 2018 — areas with EPR programs have fared far better when it comes to dealing with China's plastic scrap import limitations.

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