G7: Canada aims to reduce use of plastics

The federal government is looking to reduce its use of plastic as it pursues a national strategy to curb the material.

Two days after Canada and four other G7 nations signed a plastics charter that commits to keeping plastic out of landfills by 2040, MPs and environmental groups are asking what Ottawa will actually do to implement the charter at home.

Canada's strategy is still in development, according Jonathan Wilkinson, the parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has so far stopped short of banning plastics outright.

On Saturday Trudeau got four other countries, Britain, France, Italy and Germany, to join Canada and sign on to a non-binding G7 plastics charter.

They have agreed to work towards 50 per cent recycled content in all plastic packaging by 2030.

New Democrat MP Gord Johns says the Liberal government has not yet shown the courage to do the hard work on plastics at home.

He says he was not impressed with the charter.