NGOs call on government to increase plastic recycling

Dozens of environmental groups are calling on Canada to set a much higher bar for recycling plastics at home.

In a declaration released Monday, more than 40 non-governmental organizations urge the Trudeau government to set national targets for how much Canadians should recycle.

The aim is to get the recycling rate up to 85 per cent by 2025 -- it's currently at about 11 per cent.

The groups also want Canada to implement a rule requiring all single-use plastics to be made of at least 75 per cent recycled material.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants this week's G7 leaders' summit in Quebec to include the signing of an anti-plastics charter.

Estimates show up to 10-million metric tonnes of plastic garbage ends up in the oceans each year.