TORONTO — Mike Schreiner released the following statement on Global Recycling Day:
“On Global Recycling Day, I’m calling on the Ford government to put people and planet first by tackling single-use plastics.
Last year, the federal government finally decided to take action on plastic pollution.
It’s on Ford to fill the gaps, including water bottles and coffee cups, which are the worst offenders in plastic pollution.
Canadians generate an astounding 3.2 million tonnes of plastic waste each year, half of which is single-use — yet only 9 per cent ever gets recycled.
Plastics pollute the Great Lakes, damage our natural spaces, and hurt wildlife.
And we know how harmful microplastics are to our health.
It’s time for the Ontario government to do its part in our fight to help our planet and improve people’s health by making a plan to phase out single-use cups and plastic beverage bottles.”