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Region of Waterloo mulling over the ban of single-use plastics

A motion was put forward by Regional Chair Karen Redman and passed at the planning and works committee meeting last week
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The Region of Waterloo is looking into banning single-use plastics. 

The province has been pushing to ban items such as plastic bags, water bottles and other single-use plastic products from landfills as well. 

The City of Guelph has also been pushing for the ban of single-use plastics in their city. 

A motion was put forward by Regional Chair Karen Redman and passed at the planning and works committee last week, that will have staff look into making the ban legal. 

Jon Arsenault, Director of Waste Management with the Region was on The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS and says if they want the ban to work, they need the province to impose full producer responsibility. 

"Have those producers, that create the packaging to begin with, become more involved in terms of fully-funding and fully controlling the process to help drive innovation and drive their packaging such that, we as tax payers and municipalities aren't left to deal with this, when we have limited control." he said. 

Meantime, the provincial government recently released a discussion paper on reducing litter and waste, and is asking for input on how to best address the problem.

Comments can be made until April 20. 
 




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