Ottawa wants clearer labeling for recyclables

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Ottawa wants clearer labeling for recyclable materials

According to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, there is “a very large disparity in the country of recyclable products”.

Canadians could have access to clearer guidance on recycling. The federal government will launch a consultation with a view to adopting legislation to this effect, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, announced on Monday.

These new labeling rules would prevent the use of the symbol of the three curved arrows if less than 80% of Canadians have access to recycling systems accepting these products, explained the minister at a press conference in Terrebonne. /p>

The labeling rules would also regulate the use of terms like compostable and biodegradable on plastic products, and require such products to be certified by a third party.

Labeling is a source of confusion for households, explained Minister Guilbeault at a press conference. What we want to do is to standardize so that it is much easier to recycle across the country.

We have a great disparity in the country of products that are recycled, recyclable. So, some products are theoretically recyclable in certain regions, but are not recycled because there are no facilities. In other cases, it is products that are difficult to recycle that end up in the recycling chain that will contaminate [materials at the sorting centre].

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