The federal government’s anti-plastic regulations would add about 2.9 million tonnes of substitute materials to the waste stream.
The government's ban on six types of single-use plastics went into effect last year.
Less than 1 per cent of plastics used in Canada end up as waste in the environment.
Plastic wrapping is crucial in food preservation, food transit and the reduction of food waste.
Alternatives to plastic straws, forks and spoons likely cause as much or more environmental harm.
According to the government’s own analysis, these regulations will increase waste generated from substitutes by almost 300,000 tonnes in 2024.
According to the government’s own report, 99 per cent of the country’s plastic waste is already disposed of safely.
The ban on single-use plastic products will force Canadians to pay higher prices for lower quality alternatives.
By the government’s own accounting, its net-zero plastics campaign will cost more than it will save in waste management costs.
Alternatives to single-use plastics actually have worse impacts on the environment.