OTTAWA | TRADITIONAL, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUIN ANISHINAABEG PEOPLE — Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault announced a new federal registry for plastics today (Earth Day) as the world meets in Ottawa to tackle plastic pollution.

The UN Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution is holding its fourth session (INC-4) at the Shaw Centre, Ottawa.

Sabaa Khan, Climate Director and Director General of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, commented:

“There is an unrelenting flow of plastics that contributes to plastic pollution in and out of Canada. Canada’s announcement of a federal plastics registry is a critical step in enhancing transparency and accountability for the health and environmental harms of plastics. To truly phase out plastic pollution, we need to limit global production and phase out toxic chemicals. Restrictions on hazardous chemicals are key.

“As the global plastics treaty negotiations are underway, we need to see world-wide transparency of petrochemicals in plastics, global production limits,and the phase out of toxic products. Momentum is building for a bold and ambitious treaty.”

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BACKGROUNDER: “Canada and the global plastics treaty – what’s at stake