Canada is extending a public review of the research it will use to limit plastic pollution to focus on the coronavirus outbreak.
Major plastic companies back Environment and Climate Change Canada’s decision to add an extra 30 days to the comment period for the draft scientific assessment on plastic pollution, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada spokesman Devon Babin said Tuesday.
The consultation now closes May 1.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to ban single-use plastics in June 2019, and the scientific assessment is meant to inform the ban. The document recommends Canada curb plastic pollution because of harms to animals and habitats.
Industry and environmental groups expect the consultation will result in plastic being listed as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
Such a listing should lead to bans on unnecessary and nonrecyclable plastic and minimum collection and recycling targets, Ashley Wallis, plastics program manager with Environmental Defence Canada, said Monday.
Environment and Climate Change Canada will reveal a regulatory plan after the public comment period closes, spokeswoman Gabrielle Lamontagne wrote in an email last week.