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Plastic Free Georgian Bay

Inspired by Plastic-Free Parry Sound, Plastic Free Georgian Bay (PFGB) is comprised of volunteer organizations that will sign on to commit their businesses to reducing or eliminating their distribution of single-use plastic.  

Objectives of our staff and volunteers include but are not limited to:

  • Starting conversations with local businesses about their lightly-used plastic consumption, and working with them to determine ways to reduce their plastic use.

  • Enlisting schools and employers to inventory their lightly-used plastic consumption, and working with them to determine ways to reduce their plastic use.

  • Finding other groups and organizations who are open to hearing about plastic litter, use, and reduction, and working with them to help set and achieve plastic-free goals.

If you would like to join Plastic-Free Georgian Bay, or if you are part of a group that would be interested in hearing a presentation or participating in a workshop on plastic waste and reduction, please email sean.mullin@gbf.org

Plastic Free Georgian Bay

These are the local businesses committed to reducing the plastic pollution in the Georgian Bay area.

Key Knowledge

Extended Producer Responsibility

The Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to develop  regulations to make companies that manufacture plastic products or sell items with plastic packaging responsible for collecting and recycling them.

EPR has long been used around the world, and incentivizes businesses to produce less waste, effectively saving themselves money.

Ontario's Blue Box Regulations

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released the finalized Blue Box regulation in 2021, under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (the RRCEA).

 

The regulation will shift the burden of reusing, recycling, or refurbishing waste materials found in Blue Boxes back to the producers..

The Ban on Single-Use Plastics

The Government of Canada has implemented a set of regulations that will prohibit the manufacture, sale, and import of excessively wasteful plastic products designed for single usage.

 

Plastic grocery bags, cutlery, disposable food containers, ring carriers, stir sticks, and straws will no longer be sold or provided in Canada by December 20th, 2023 – June 20th, 2024.

Become a PSGB Business 

We are currently building a team of dedicated business owners around Georgian Bay who are setting an example for environmentalism and accountability. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a certified Plastic-Free business.

View the survey and the pledge form.

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