Canada to use G7 presidency to urge countries to stop throwing junk in sea

Canada plans to use its presidency of the G7 this year to urge countries to stop throwing junk in the sea.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trudeau hosted a roundtable discussion yesterday on ocean protection with academics, political representatives and executives from multinationals.

He told the group Canada is using its G7 presidency year to bring forward issues that don't always get a lot of attention, particularly around plastics and pollution.

In an interview later, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said that could include creating a plastics charter or a zero waste goal.

It's estimated as much as eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world's oceans each year, the equivalent of approximately 630 billion single-use plastic water bottles.

The plastics issue will be a main theme at the G7 leaders' summit in Charlevoix, Quebec in June.

In 2016, a report launched at the World Economic Forum claimed if nothing was done by 2050 there would be more plastic in the oceans than fish.