Plastics Thursday

Since the 1950s 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been generated around the world and only 23 per cent of those plastics have been recovered or recycled. It is estimated that an additional 12 billion tonnes of plastic will be lost to disposal by 2050. 

Join us as we highlight how the circular economy can drive resource efficiency and reduce the amount of plastic waste generated. Companies are creating innovate products and process to reduce plastics use altogether and to recover and reuse plastics that are already in the environment. 

Did you know that some shampoo bottles, shoes and other materials are being produced using plastic waste recovered from oceans? You can now build a deck with recycled plastic lumber and buy boots made from plastic water bottles. Join us on Thursday to learn more about how companies are turning plastic waste into a business opportunity.

Visit the Plastic Action Centre

Canada's Plastic Action Centre is now here! The Plastic Action Centre in an independent open-source repository that gathers information to educate, engage, and empower action on plastics. Recycling Council of Ontario has developed the Plastic Action Centre to become a knowledge hub to provide governments, businesses, educators, researchers, and citizens the necessary scope of information to take meaningful action on plastics.

All plastics resources for Waste Reduction Week have been moved to Have a resource or news on plastics? Submit your materials to the Plastic Action Centre. 

Key Messaging for Plastics Thursday

We recommend communicating the following key messages on Plastics Thursday

  • Make simple changes in your everyday life to reduce your plastic footprint. Every action counts.
  • Engaging circular economy in product design and business models to reduce plastic waste.
  • Learn about how plastic affects marine environments and how you can take action.

Take Action!

  • Learn how to reduce and reuse plastics in everyday life through our online resources.
  • Find resources and links to other plastics awareness campaigns.
  • Share your thoughts on plastics use and reuse on social media using the hashtag #WasteReductionWeek.