Banning plastics is just a start on reducing our mountain of waste

"Earlier this month Ottawa announced it will ban single-use plastic items including grocery bags, plastic cutlery and straws by the end of next year.

Then, last week, Ontario announced a new recycling plan that includes adding those items for collection province-wide in a revamped blue-bin program.

The incongruity of a provincial recycling program expanding to pick up the very items that the federal government is banning is, unfortunately, just one of the problems in this area.

The biggest concern with Canada’s strategy for “zero plastic waste” and Ontario’s promised “stronger, more effective blue box program” is that in both cases the early focus is on simple pieces with public appeal."

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