%%tb-image-alt-text%%
Kamloops.me

Me and my Kamloops

Reducing plastic waste, pollution a shared responsibility

Reducing plastic waste, pollution a shared responsibility

February 12, 2021 at 11:47 am  BC, News, Politics

Four new single-use plastics bans have been approved in B.C. communities to reduce plastic waste throughout the province, highlighting the new provincial Plastic Pollution Awareness Day.

“This is a day for us to recognize the progress we’ve made and commit to redoubling our efforts moving forward,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Through our CleanBC Plastics Action Plan, we’re reducing plastic use overall, expanding our deposit-refund system, calling on manufacturers to take more responsibility for their products’ end of life, developing better ways to recycle plastics into new products and implementing bans on single-use plastics.”

In proclaiming Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day, Heyman announced the approval of bylaws banning single-use plastics in four more communities. Surrey, Nanaimo, Rossland and Esquimalt have joined five other municipalities that are implementing plastic bans tailored to the needs of their communities. The Province is also moving ahead on the regulatory groundwork to allow local governments to implement bans on single-use plastics without requiring provincial approval.

“Action on plastic pollution is critical to ensuring that our communities and environments remain healthy and safe,” said Chloé Dubois, co-founder and president, Ocean Legacy Foundation. “We applaud the leadership of this ministry and participating municipalities in implementing tailored community action plans on plastic management systems. Enhancing these tools is a necessary step to curb the harmful effects of plastic pollution everywhere.”

Addressing existing plastic pollution in the environment – especially in the oceans – came into sharp focus last summer through the largest coastal marine debris cleanup in B.C.’s history. Small ship tour operators, in partnership with Indigenous Nations and local communities, led efforts that removed over 127 tonnes of marine debris from the central coast and Queen Charlotte Sound shorelines in six weeks.

The shoreline cleanup was Phase 1 of government’s Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative Fund (CCCW) under the Plastics Action Plan. Phase 2 of CCCW funding was recently announced for more marine debris removal projects in 2021 as part of StrongerBC: BC’s $10-billion Economic Recovery Plan that protects people’s health and livelihoods while supporting businesses and communities.

“Dedicated British Columbians and forward-thinking organizations have made our province a leader in the fight against plastic pollution,” Heyman said. “We’re showing what can be accomplished when we work together to protect our environment and confront this issue head on.”

Manufacturers and retailers are also part of the solution, through extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs that require producers and sellers to manage the waste from their products. British Columbia is a leader in EPR recycling and continues to expand these programs. The recently announced Recycled Plastics Manufacturing Stimulus (RPMS) Fund will support technologies to turn used plastics into new products, support the circular economy of plastics, increase local processing capacity for recycling and create jobs.

Quick Facts:

  • More than 40% of plastic is used only once.
  • In 2019, 77% of all beverage containers and 46% of all residential plastic packaging was recovered for recycling.
  • Of the plastics collected by Recycle BC, 98% stay in B.C. – supporting the recycling and manufacturing sector and growing the circular economy.
  • It is estimated that in 2019, over 340,000 tonnes of plastic items and packaging were disposed of in British Columbia. This equates to more than 65 kilograms of plastic waste landfilled per person in one year.
  • Globally, it has been estimated more than 20 million tonnes of plastic waste enter aquatic ecosystems every year.
  • In 2019, over 35,000 British Columbians responded to the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan consultation, with 94% of respondents reporting they were concerned about plastic waste and 86% stating it is important to seek out products with more recycled content.

Learn More:

Read the proclamation here:
https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/proclamations/proclamations/2021procs

The CleanBC Plastics Action Plan ‘What We Heard Report’ is available here:
https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/plastics

Learn more about the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan:
https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/plastics

Marine Debris in B.C. – What We Heard Report:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/waste-management/zero-waste/marine-debris-protection/marine_debris_what_we_heard_report_final_web.pdf?fbcli

For more information on the CCCW initiative:
https://www.bccleancoast.ca

The RPMS Fund web page can be found here:
https://www.alacritycanada.com/cleantech/bc-recycled-plastics-manufacturing-stimulus-fund/

View the full article from the original source

No conversations yet

Activity Stream

Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Doug Smith posted on their blog: In the Battle Creek Hills
Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Arjun Singh posted on their blog: Apologies for horrible word choice at Kamloops council this Tuesday….
Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Doug Smith posted on their blog: In the Cache Creek to Spences Bridge Hills
Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Sunrise Mountain Ramble – Kamloops Trails
Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 4:05 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: For climate’s sake, save the peat!
Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: On the Embleton Trails – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 6:02 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Fossil fuel industry faces an overdue reckoning
Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Island Lake Loop – Kamloops Trails
Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Lac du Bois Loop Route
Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 3:25 pm - Darryl Schmidt posted a reply on Grand Finale of the Kamloops Symphony’s “Running The Symphony” Initiative
Full Stream