Canada paves way for future regulations on plastics


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On May 12, 2021, the National Observer reported on the Canadian federal government’s announcement of the addition of “plastic manufactured items” as toxic substances under Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). Less than 10% of the 3.3 million metric tons of plastic thrown away annually in Canada is recycled. The Canadian government previously announced its intention to develop a plan for zero plastic waste by 2030, and a plastics pact was recently launched in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Including plastics into CEPA is a legally important step that requires the government to take action on toxic substances and enables further regulatory discussions and developments.

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