Federal government plans to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 10, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will ban single-use plastics in Canada as early as 2021, and they could include throwaway bags, straws and cutlery.

The prime minister also said it's "tough trying to explain" to his children why "dead whales [are] washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags", Reuters reported.

A report done earlier this year by consulting firms Deloitte and ChemInfo Services and commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada found that in 2016, only nine per cent of plastic waste was recycled in Canada and 87 per cent ended up in landfills.

"The issue of plastic pollution will increasingly be seen as an issue for developing countries that feel they are being dumped with waste from rich countries that should be taking care of their own waste internally", said Sara Seck, a Dalhousie University law professor.

"As parents, we're at a point where we take our kids to the beach and we have to search out a patch of sand that isn't littered with straws, Styrofoam or bottles", he said.

The government also plans new measures that would shift responsibility of recycling to companies that manufacture or sell plastic products.

At the last G7 summit, Canada and four other leading economies signed a charter pledging that by 2040 all plastic produced in their countries would be reused, recycled or burned to produce energy.

The non-binding Ocean Plastics Charter called on participating countries and the European Union to commit to making all plastics reusable, recyclable or recovered by 2030.

A total of 21 governments have by now taken that pledge, Trudeau said.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Monday's announcement marks the first step to initiating a nationwide ban of single-use plastics in Canada.

Several Canadian cities already ban the use of plastic bags - Montreal passed its ban previous year - and some provinces have banned other products.

Canada could be in for some significant changes come 2021.

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