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British Columbia, Canada, Proposes Efforts to Reduce Plastic Waste

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The province invites residents to submit comments in an online survey until September 18.

The government of British Columbia, Canada, recently announced its proposals to ban single-use packaging, dramatically reduce single-use plastics in landfills and waterways, expand plastic bottle and beverage container returns and reduce plastic waste overall.

According to a CBC report, the government said it's also reviewing new ways to make plastic recycling easier, including a proposed system of electronic refunds for empty bottle returns. The province is inviting residents to submit their comments in an online survey until September 18.

CBC has more information:

The B.C. government has proposed new actions to reduce plastic waste polluting the province's environment and is inviting British Columbians to comment in an online survey.

The government has proposed four actions:

  • Bans on single-use packaging.
  • Dramatically reducing single-use plastics in landfills and waterways.
  • Expanding plastic bottle and beverage container returns.
  • Reducing plastic waste overall.

"The message from British Columbians is loud and clear — we need to take action to reduce plastic waste," Minister of Environment and Climate Change George Heyman said in the statement.

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