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TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY OF PLASTIC PRODUCTS IN CANADA

Towards A Circular Economy of Plastic Products in Canada

Published On: April 22, 2021

Study No. 194

Plastics are globally used for industrial and domestic purposes. As of 2017, about 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic materials have been produced. They remain very useful to our society today, but it is the environmental pollution and degradation from their end-use disposal that is a challenge to the ecosystems today. Specifically, the single-use plastic wastes pollute both land and water environments. Yet, the demand for plastic products continues to grow with the economy, development, and world population.

To address the challenges of plastic waste proliferation, a circular economy for plastics has been proposed as a viable pathway to limit or eliminate the waste disposal problem by collecting, separating, recycling, and reusing plastic products. Alternatively, where recycling might face technical or economic limitations, repurposing of plastic wastes into other useful means such as energy or materials provide another route to circularity.


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