By Mike Vlasveld
A motion for banning single use plastic bottles in Ottawa's municipal buildings will be put forward Tuesday, June 18, at city council's environmental committee meeting.
Councillor Catherine McKenney, along with the founder of Zero Waste Ottawa, WaterCare Allies of First United Church and the Ottawa Water Study/Action Group, is leading the initiative.
This motion comes as the federal government recent declared it would ban single use plastics by 2021. The federal government noted that less than 10 percent of plastics used by Canadians get recycled. This means that the majority of these plastics end up in landfills or waterways.
"Single use plastics affects more than what we see here in the western world," said founder of Zero Waste Ottawa Mailyne K. Briggs. "Our plastic pollution is sent to third world countries, like my homeland, the Philippines. And the problem is, they were never equipped with the capability of proper disposal or recycling systems, so that waste ends up in the oceans, rivers, and water supplies. Our actions impact those across the world and we can’t ignore that anymore."
Briggs has gathered almost 13,000 signatures in the hope that it will encourage the environmental committee to move forward with this motion.
The Ottawa Water Study/Action Group will also be delivering petition signatures calling for Ottawa City Council to stop selling single-use plastic bottled water.
If accepted, the issue will move forward towards full city council meeting on June 26, 2019.