Ontario Asks For Help With Plastic Problem

By Ben Hamill - March 23 2019
Ontario Asks For Help With Plastic Problem

Ontario has called on the help of its citizens to come up with workable solutions and practical answers to the many threats posing a danger to the environment. According to general consensus, of all of these, single-use plastics pose the biggest threat. The term refers to plastics generally only used once, due to obvious product limitations. The most common of these are straws, water bottles and plastic carry-bags.

It’s quite a shocking statistic that every single person in the province generates, on average, an entire tonne of waste-plastic every single year. Recycling and composting efforts taken into account, 30% of all plastic waste generated over the course of the last 15 years remains lodged in landfills all over the country.

All that plastic and nowhere left to go. The situation is expected to worsen as time wears on. Quite frankly, the province is running out of plastic waste storage space.

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Yes Vote To No More Single-Use

Hence the question recently posed by government and put to the people of Ontario: Will a reduction in single-use plastics serve to alleviate the country’s plastic-problem? The short answer is yes. The main concern on government’s mind is, above all others, is the issue of the pollution of the country’s waterways. Of all of plastic’s culprits, single-use plastics hold the most potential of becoming a major problem in this regard.

A scary statistic is the fact that it’s estimated that almost 10,000 tonnes of plastic end up in the country’s waterways on an annual basis. If any one element of nature needs to be protected, and even consumed extra-sparingly, then its Canada’s natural water reserves. Without water there can be no life on earth.

72% Of All Plastic Roams Free

Ontario’s Blue Box recycling program sees only about 28% of all manufactured plastics returned to its corner of the world. The rest remains somewhere in the system, which would ordinarily not have been a problem; only this time round, the system happens to be our water resources, sea animal life, and general life-lines.

The province has said that it is open to suggestions from other countries where more effective systems have been successfully implemented. Also, consideration is currently being given to the establishment of a deposit return system for plastic bottles and general containers.

And all in all, it’s a social and public conversation that is long overdue. Just ask Keith Brooks, program director at Environmental Defense. Brooks has voiced what many Canadian citizens have been thinking for a very long time, being that straws and even plastic cutlery are quite unnecessary and very easy indeed to do without.

Much easier than doing without water, in any event.

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