Marine debris, including plastic waste, is a serious threat to our oceans, lakes and rivers.
Animals can get tangled in this garbage or try to eat it, with deadly consequences. Microplastics (tiny bits of plastic less than 5 millimetres in size) can be consumed by small organisms and spread throughout the food chain.
Like climate change, plastics pollution is a global problem and requires action at all levels.
What is plastics pollution?
A significant amount of plastic pollution comes from the items we use, and throw away, every day – plastic bags, beverage bottles, food packaging, etc.
Over 8 million tonnes of plastic flow into the ocean every year. That’s like dumping one garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute.
The five most common items collected in Canada’s shoreline cleanups
Ways to reduce plastics on your visit:
- Take along reusable dishware (including cutlery, water bottles and mugs)
- Buy products that minimize plastic packaging
- Avoid single-use plastics such as plastic bags, coffee cups, drinking straws, stir sticks, etc.
- Dispose of your garbage properly – and recycle any plastic you can
- Join a shoreline cleanup at one of our national parks and historic sites