Canada understands the consequences of plastic waste and is fully engaged like never before: governments at all levels are initiating new policies; organizations are improving business models; and individuals are eager to learn more. To fully engage on this pressing environmental issue Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), with funding from Walmart Canada, has launched the Plastic Action Centre, the first national resource that offers a full view of plastic waste in every corner of the country.
The Plastic Action Centre is Canada’s only single platform to learn about plastics, make connections, and exchange information to take action. It offers resources and tools, facts and figures, market developments, business efforts, regulatory advances and policy initiatives, as well as ongoing domestic and international media coverage.
Knowledge and education drive action, and plastics and plastic waste can be confusing with so many competing resources and sources of information, says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario. The Plastic Action Centre is designed to be the first-ever repository to help Canadians become better and more versed as it relates to plastic waste.
Find What You Need: All information is organized by issue: plastic chemistry types, microplastics, technology and innovation, production, recycling, the circular economy, and more.
Find Where You Need: Plastic waste affects all corners of Canada, and waste and recycling regulations and activities are primarily provincial or local. The Plastic Action Centre offers visitors the option to search topics and developments province by province.
Ask an Expert: Canada is privileged with many quality experts and a growing body of research focusing on plastics and plastic waste. RCO has convened an advisory panel of experts from across the country to share their knowledge and answer any questions submitted to the Plastic Action Centre.
Who’s Taking Action: The spectrum of action is growing: from concerned Canadians to government and business leaders. The Plastic Action Centre offers a single repository to track and celebrate all efforts to reduce plastic waste.
Community Engagement: The Plastic Action Centre is designed for Canadians to become more informed on plastic waste. That doesn’t mean we know or have all the answers. Visitors are encouraged to submit resources and activities that can be included in the Plastic Action Centre.
Continuous Improvement: The launch is only the beginning. The Plastic Action Centre will improve, expand, and evolve as we continue to incorporate public input, initiatives, and actions as Canada continues to take a leadership role on plastic waste.
“Walmart Canada is committed to reducing our own plastic use, recycling more and supporting improvements to the system,” says Lee Tappenden, president and CEO, Walmart Canada. “We are pleased to support The Plastic Action Centre to provide an important resource for Canadians to learn more about this critical issue and find ways to make a difference.”
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