By: Imbrium Systems
Plastic pollution is a major global challenge for the health of our oceans, lakes, and rivers. As the country with the longest coastline in the world, the most lakes in the world, and home to 20% of the world's fresh water, Canada is stepping up to become the world leader it ought to be in protecting and preserving its aquatic environments.
On November 2, 2017, Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns put forward a motion, M-151, A National Strategy to Combat Plastic Pollution. In December 2018 the motion was passed unanimously in the House of Commons. The motion draws from recommendations published by the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre in 2017. The motion aims to:
- Create permanent, dedicated, and annual funding for community-led clean-up projects
- Reduce and regulate consumer and industrial use of ‘single-use’ plastics
- Create a plan to clean-up derelict fishing gear
- Promote education and outreach campaigns on the root causes and negative environmental effects of plastic pollution
- Extend producer responsibility
- Address the root problem and redesign the plastic economy
Gord began to work with local environmental champions to take on the challenge of marine debris and ocean plastics after the Hanjin Marine Debris Spill in November of 2016. After 35 shipping containers broke apart and the contents washed up onto the shores of the west coast of Vancouver Island, volunteers worked tirelessly to contain the spill. Despite promises of federal funding to compensate them for their costs, funding never arrived. This disaster proved the need for a national strategy to preserve coastal communities and get to the root of the plastic problem.
While actions like M-151 will help address the root problem and redesign the plastic economy in Canada, until then it is our responsibility to prevent plastics from entering our waterways. Almost all of the plastic that litters our roadways, sidewalks, and parking lots finds its way into our waterways via storm drains and downstream outfalls. This doesn’t have to be the case. Imbrium’s newest product, LittaTrap™, is designed to be installed inside storm drains and when it rains, captures plastic and trash before it can reach our streams, rivers, and oceans.
The LittaTrap is a low cost, easily maintained solution for 100% capture of particles larger than 5 millimeters. The LittaTrap is also effective as a pre-treatment device for use in a treatment train with hydrodynamic separators, filtration devices, bioretention, ponds, and wetlands. As a retrofit solution, LittaTrap can be installed in existing infrastructure, meaning there are no construction costs, and maintenance is as easy as “lift, tip, and replace”.
For more information on LittaTrap please visit www.imbriumsystems.com/littatrap