NDP MLA Susie Chant says new Indigenous-led projects will help tackle plastic waste

Posted in: ,

NORTH SHORE – New Democrat MLA Susie Chant says new funding for Tsleil-Waututh Nation will help the community to tackle plastic waste.

“Efforts to protect our environment must keep Indigenous knowledge-keeping at the forefront,” says Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour. “Reducing plastic waste is a collective responsibility, and I love the fact that Tsleil-Waututh Nation is using this funding to create not just community events, but activities for schools so all ages can think more about their environmental impact.”

Tsleil-Waututh Nation will receive $49,880 to lead a year-long campaign of community events and school-based activities to raise awareness and increase capacity to prevent, reduce, recover and capture plastic waste.

The BC New Democrat government is providing more than $1.3 million to eight Indigenous-led projects across the province. Through the CleanBC Plastics Action Fund, the Indigenous-led projects will establish new ways of processing and reusing post-consumer plastics, promote reusables, educate community members, and create local jobs.

Reducing plastic waste will also help Indigenous communities to preserve and protect their traditional lands and waters from plastic pollution.

The Plastics Action Fund promotes a circular economy by encouraging innovative uses of recycled post-consumer plastics, and the prevention of plastic waste at the source through reuse and the use of alternative materials. To date, more than $12.5 million in funding has been granted to 23 projects. This supports the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan’s goal of changing how plastic is designed and used – from temporary and disposable to durable and reusable.

Other CleanBC Plastics Action Plan strategies to support a circular economy for plastics include supporting municipal bans on single-use plastics, expanding producer-funded recycling programs and funding the largest shoreline cleanup of ocean plastics in provincial history through the Clean Coast, Clean Waters initiative.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/29850