Plastics: Your Opinion Matters

I bought a tube of mascara today and, like all makeup you buy at the local store, it came in packaging that consisted of paper and plastic.

The paper packaging goes into the paper bin while the plastic goes into the plastics bag bin that I periodically take to the municipal recycling (where they also take styrofoam and packaging such as potato chip bags – all the stuff that the curbside blue bins won’t accept).

This. Let’s just all stop this.

This. Let’s just all stop this.

There are steps to recycling, for sure. Especially if you’re looking beyond what the basic curbside services offer.

If you feel you need more access to more recycling options or if you feel confused as to what can be recycled, the B.C. Government wants to hear from you. The Plastics Action Plan includes a public survey where you can voice these opinions.

You’ll be greeted by a homepage that shows pollution (yup, you had us here at SeaLuxe at a piece of plastic floating in the ocean) with the optimistic statement “B.C. can be a place where plastic pollution becomes a thing of the past.”

The site states that more than 40% of plastic is used only once. Solutions to this huge problem include:

  • Bans on single-use packaging.

  • Reducing plastics overall.

  • Recycling more Plastics.

  • Making sure we return plastic bottles.

We are so happy the survey is out there and the government is serious about taking action against plastic waste.

“Too often plastic packaging and single use items end up as litter in our communities, waste in landfills or debris in lakes, rivers, and oceans. Plastic pollution hurts wildlife and harms ecosystems and is increasing year after year. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy recognizes that new steps are needed…”

Some of the proposed amendments to recycling regulation include (as per the policy consultation plan):

  • Adding ‘packaging-like products’ and ‘single-use items’ as obligated products to the Recycling Regulation to be recovered and recycled by producers. (It should be noted that B.C. regulates Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for many products and is one of the leaders in North America for making producers responsible for packaging waste. B.C. has more than 22 EPR programs in place to date.)

  • Add all single-use beverage containers to the deposit-refund system.

  • Amend the refundable deposit amount to 10 cents for ALL beverage containers.

  • Allow electronic refund options for beverage containers in addition to cash.

Please take a moment to fill out the survey. It’s short and you have the option to add any thoughts.

Hurry, though, it closes Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.