Almost eight in 10 Canadians say Canada should dispose of its own waste and recycling even if it’s more expensive than exporting it, according to a new survey.
A new poll conducted by Nanos Research asked Canadians whether the country should deal with its own garbage, despite the fact that contracting foreign companies to dispose of it would be cheaper. Only 18 per cent said we should export our trash.
The poll was conducted after a diplomatic spat with the Philippines over 103 containers of Canadian trash that were mistakenly sent there and labelled as recycling a few years ago.
Last month, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, threatened to declare war on Canada if it didn’t take back its garbage.
The Canadian government has since agreed to retrieve the trash, which was shipped to Vancouver at the end of May.
The survey also revealed that Quebeckers were more likely to say Canada should manage its own waste (85 per cent) than those living in the Prairies (74 per cent).