Furthermore, only 9% of the nine billion tons of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled.
Isabelle Des Chenes, an executive vice-president at the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, says the targets are in part created to get ahead of government regulation, since Canada is in the consultation phase of a national strategy to curb plastic pollution.
The ILO has implemented successful projects around the world to support formalization in the waste management sector, skills' development and entrepreneurship.
Canadian plastic industry aims to make their plastic packaging either recyclable or "recoverable" by 2030.
Reusable plastics are those that can be cleaned and reused for their original goal.
Among the recommendations is tacking a levy onto single-use plastic products such as disposable plastic containers.
On the other hand, the rest ended up in landfills, oceans, pipelines, where it will take thousands of years to completely decompose leading to the massive growth of the plastic waste.
CMA President Shailendra Chouksey said the cement industry is confident of using all plastic waste that can be made available by local bodies within a radius of 200-250 kms from any integrated cement plant. "Mindful consumption of plastic is a global duty; consumers have their part to play to help realize zero-litter (the dream), as do corporate players in their use and handling and governments in providing the necessary infrastructure". Those groups, including Environmental Defence, the Sierra Club of Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, outlined a number of steps Canada should take in a national plastics plan, including aiming to have no plastic going into landfills within seven years.
The ban was proposed in the report "Towards a Zero Plastic Waste" published Monday in a bid to put the issue before leaders at the two-day G7 Summit that begins June 8 in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada.
"The problem of solid waste management is one of epic proportions and requires each organ of the society and more so, enterprises that are large economic organs of the society, to make a meaningful contribution", ITC Ltd Managing Director Sanjiv Puri said in a statement. Attention is on those single-use plastics with a very short lifespan littering the environment.
McKenna says the plastic waste Canadians discard each year is worth money, over $100 million each year that just ends up in the garbage dump.
"We have started implementing the new rules and asked the plastic manufacturing units and the producers to register themselves under new rules and further ordered the brand owners to submit their annual returns on waste management with list of vendors supplying them plastic material and their action plan on collecting back the plastic waste, and failing to comply with they shall attract penal provision as per the Act", the chairman of GSPCB Ganesh Shetgaonkar said.