Canada paves way for future regulations on plastics
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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