Newspaper article The Canadian Press

G7-Plastics

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

G7-Plastics

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OTTAWA - The federal government is reducing, but not banning outright, the use of single-use plastics at the G7 summit this week in Quebec.

Thousands of politicians, staffers, security officers, special interest groups and journalists are descending on Quebec City and Charlevoix, Quebec and they all need to be fed, watered and housed for several days.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants the other leaders to sign on to a zero-waste plastics charter, setting international deadlines for eliminating plastic waste and committing to helping the developing world meet similar deadlines.

As a result, there is an attempt to make the summit a low-plastics waste event but not a zero-plastics waste event.

Summit management office spokeswoman Jessica Seguin says plastics will be reduced as much as possible on the various sites associated with the summit, including the host hotel where the meetings will take place and the media centre in Quebec City. …

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