Ottawa councillor’s motion provokes criticism of city’s approach to waste

By Bridget Britneff, Global News Ottawa, May 23, 2018

An Ottawa city councillor’s motion about reducing single-use plastics caused a bit of a stir during Wednesday’s council meeting, prompting one councillor to allege that council is losing focus when it comes to the city’s garbage, recycling and composting programs.

Up for discussion was a motion put forward by Coun. David Chernushenko, which called on city staff to contribute to a consultation on plastic waste recently launched by the federal government. The motion also tasked staff with studying best practices which other municipalities have already adopted to reduce the use of single-use plastics, like straws, cutlery and takeout containers.

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