(May 27/18) There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately about single-use plastics, whether cups or water bottles or straws. ​Pollution from plastic has emerged as a major threat to ocean ecosystems, and previous studies have documented the waste that accumulates on coasts and ocean surfaces.

Clearly visible plastics made up about 33 per cent of ocean trash and nearly 90 per cent were single-use items like plastic bags.

According to the federal government, more than 150 million tonnes of plastic waste is clogging the oceans worldwide. It’s estimated that plastic could outweigh fish by 2050.

Here’s what people are saying from coast to coast:

BC – Tackling the plastics threat

AB – The Last Straw: Alberta’s big cities compete to reduce straw use on July 14

ON – Oakville and Burlington bars, restaurants challenged to go plastic free

QC – City councillor wants to see Montreal ban single-use plastic water bottles in city buildings

NB – Ban on plastic bags on the way for Moncton

NS – Plastic waste is the talk of the country

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