Today, Environmental Defence Canada revealed that the vast majority of plastic in Canada is actually not recycled, according to The Weather Network. In fact, a whopping 90 per cent of the plastic in the country is not getting recycled. The organization does charity and advocacy work on environmental issues affecting Canadians.
The spokesperson from Environmental Defence has told The Weather Network that less than 11 per cent of plastic in Canada actually gets recycled and the remaining 90 percent ends up “incinerated, or in our landfills, lakes, parks and oceans” and “once in the environment, plastic waste contaminates ecosystems, kill wildlife, and leach toxic chemicals”.
“Something’s got to give – Canada needs to step up,” Keith Brooks, program director at Environmental Defence, told The Weather Network. “We have been pushing the feds to come up with a strong national plan to deal with the 89 per cent of plastic not being recycled in Canada each year”.