Danika urges Maple Ridge City Council to move on Plastics Ban

In her first act of community engagement, Danika took to Maple Ridge City Council in an effort to re-raise the question of a potential single-use plastics ban in the community.

Danika is going to come back to council on July 9th, 2019, with a more specific set of questions.

We have some great ideas to present to the City that can help address the issues Danika raised at council, and others that are important to her and everyone at Plastic Battle

  • While the federal ban is good, it will be many years before the effect trickles down to having an impact on the trash in our local waterways. We must not wait and let the damage continue, actions need to be taken immediately. The city should encourage cleanup efforts.
  • The commercial entities that sell the most single-use plastics in our community do not provide recycling facilities around their locations. The zoning / planning department, in cooperation with the bylaws department, should regulate the usage of green waste and recycling around these establishments. The city of Burnaby's Solid Waste and Recycling Bylaw #12875 is a good example of policy. Look in a 2 block radius around all our local 7-Elevens, Tim-Hortons, and Starbucks, you will find our water diversion channels, sall streams, and sidewalks are paved with branded trash. The source providers should help fund these efforts, voluntarily or otherwise.
  • help City Council to create and approve a Climate Emergency Report similar this report and its declaration in the City of Vancouver
  • recommend traffic pattern changes and projects to help transition away from motorized transport, such as "walk to school" initiatives, expanded cycling routes and connection to other community routes, traffic bypassing and traffic calming efforts.

As a member of PlasticBattle, you can help work with us on our proposals to the city, join us at the council meetings to show your support, or help us with petitions or other types of community activism.

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"Annual global production of 350 million tonnes in 2017 makes plastic the third most abundant human-made material after steel and concrete"

The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, in its opinion report to the EU titled "Environmental and Health Risks of MicroPlastic Pollution"

Since microplastics have been found all over the food chain, it's reasonable to wonder how much is inside our own bodies. Well, the answer to that is a resounding yes.

“I’d say microplastics in (human) poop are not surprising,” says Chelsea Rochman, an ecologist at the University of Toronto, who studies the effects of microplastics on fish. " it shows we are eating our waste—mismanagement has come back to us on our dinner plates". Chelsea's comments are regarding an experiment conducted by gastroenterologist Philipp Schwabl, who proved the presence of microplastics in human stool.

The smaller the plastic particles we look for, the more of them we find. The most often used analysis equipment can detect particles down to about 10 microns. How small is 10 microns? Smaller than a white blood cell.

So how is the plastic getting into our bodies, and how much of it are we consuming?

"The average person eats at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathes in a similar quantity"

Human Consumption of Microplastics - Kieran D. Cox, Garth A. Covernton Department of Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

The consumption of plastics seems to be directly attributed to consuming goods packed in it. Individuals who meet their recommended water intake through only bottled sources may be ingesting an additional 90000 microplastics annually, compared to 4000 microplastics for those who consume only tap water.

So, we're eating plastic, we're breathing plastic, and it's definitely in our guts. The long-term health effects of these findings are devastating, as shown in the infographic below, part of a report titled "Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet", authored by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), IPEN, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), University of Exeter, and UPSTREAM.

8.3 Billion Tons of Plastic.

Humans have made at least 8.3 billion tons of plastic, and most of it is discarded into the natural environment. Only 9% has been recycled, according to Great Britain's Royal Statistical Society.

National Geographic reports that most of the plastic pollution can be attributed to plastic packaging.

A Chinese laborer sorts through plastic bottles at a recycling operation in Dong Xiao Kou village, on the outskirt of Beijing.

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