Plastic waste and pollution is at the forefront of environmental concerns and impacts. Every year, humans allow more than eight million tonnes of plastic to enter the world’s oceans. 

Keeping plastics out of our oceans is not only right for the environment and the future of our species, it’s also good for business. Responsible plastic management provides social, economic and environmental benefits. Plastics are an important material with rapidly expanding uses, but 95 per cent of global plastic packaging ends up as waste and is lost to the economy, creating costs and lost opportunity.

We are rethinking the way we design, use, reuse and recycle plastic packaging.

Our Involvement

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Global Commitment

We endorse the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment’s common vision of a circular economy for plastics, where plastics never become waste. In addition to our endorsement, we made the following specific commitments:

  • We will collaborate with businesses and governments in order to help increase reuse/recycling/composting rates for plastics;
  • We will advocate for a system of harmonized Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations across Canada as a critical mechanism for developing circular supply chains; and
  • We will advocate for public procurement policies that require increasing amounts of recycled content in packaging and products and 100% recyclable plastic packaging as effective and visible means of promoting circular economy outcomes.

In addition, we are working with Recycle BC to achieve its plastic targets as follows:

  • General plastic target of 50% by 2025;
  • Rigid plastic target of 55% by 2022; and 60% by 2025;
  • Flexible plastic target of 22% by 2022; and 25% by 2025.

Performance Progress