UPDATE: NDP MPs to Host Public Plastic Waste Roundtable in Cranbrook

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski. (Bradley Jones, Summit107.com staff)

UPDATE: Wayne Stetski and Nathan Cullen will lead a public roundtable in Cranbrook, as the two NDP MPs will be discussing the reduction of plastic waste in Canada, although the event has been postponed Monday due to flight complications and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Original Story (Monday - 6:28 am):

Wayne Stetski and Nathan Cullen are leading a public roundtable in Cranbrook on Monday, as the two NDP MPs will be discussing the reduction of plastic waste in Canada.

Stetski, MP of Kootenay-Columbia and Cullen, MP of Skeena-Bulkley Valley will both host the roundtable at the College of the Rockies Cranbrook Campus from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Coming off the heels of a recent federal government report called "The Last Straw: Turning the Tide on Plastic Pollution in Canada" from the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable, the report has 21 recommendations. Among those recommendations, all are intended to avoid plastics in landfills, increasing the recyclability of plastics, and having plastic recycling systems and product standards be cohesive and collaborative.

The two NDP MPs said the report stressed the need for increased cooperation among all levels of government, as well as industry to address plastic pollution in Canada, calling on the federal government to set more ambitious targets to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030 while also committing to banning single-use plastic products where warranted.

“With only 9% of plastic in Canada being recycled, and most of it ending up in the landfill, we need to do better, both for the planet and for future generations,” said Stetski. “It may be ambitious to envision a Canada with zero plastic waste, but we owe it to our children and grandchildren to take action now to solve our plastics problem.”

“Our oceans are drowning in plastics and our municipalities pay billions every year to send waste to landfills,” said Cullen. “By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish."

Cullen recently introduced Bill C-429 into Parliament, also known as the Zero Waste Packaging Act.

"The aim of this bill is to reduce waste – saving both the planet and the cost to municipalities.”

The public is invited to attend the public roundtable on plastic waste reduction at the College of the Rockies Cranbrook Campus from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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