Litter is not just unsightly – plastic waste can be downright dangerous and even deadly to wildlife and to ecosystems. Local cleanups can help, but to make headway, we need to tackle litter at the source. One way is to cut back on single use plastics. Right now, the Ontario government is asking for public input on reducing litter and waste. See below for the comment link, and for suggestions on what to ask for. Make sure to submit your comments by April 20.
To learn more:
- Provincial Discussion Paper: Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities (ERO# 013-4689)
- Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) analysis of the Ontario government’s discussion paper
- Microplastics in the Great Lakes (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario)
Here are some ways you can voice your opinion:
- Submit a comment on Provincial Discussion Paper: Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities
- TEA’s Petition
- Write a letter (via Environmental Defence)
A plastics solution for Ontario needs to focus on reduction and must:
- Ban the top problem plastics now, and phase in bans for other single-use items
- Pass rules to make producers responsible for recycling the products and packaging they sell
- Use deposit systems to collect plastics, like drink containers, and keep them out of the environment
- Never burn plastics and call that diversion. Thermal treatment is an expensive and toxic form of disposal that undermines a circular economy.