Canada calls on G7 countries to adopt measures for plastics recycling, waste reduction

Canada wants the world's richest and most industrialized countries to adopt ambitious goals for plastics recycling and waste reduction.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made the point in Mexico, where she's attending an international conference on the world's oceans.

McKenna says G-7 countries could set goals like having 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging.

She says some multinational companies such as Coca-Cola and Unilever are already working toward having all of their plastic packaging meet those requirements by 2030.

At the G-7 summit in Quebec in June, Canada will also try to talk other countries into banning microbeads -- tiny pieces of plastic found in products such as toothpaste and shower gels.

McKenna says industrialized nations could also help developing countries improve their waste management.