Canada to ban single-use plastic by 2021

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2019

Trudeau also announced on Monday that he plans to ensure companies that manufacture plastic products or sell them will be held responsible for their plastic waste.

Speaking at a nature reserve in Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Trudeau said that while an exact list of items that will be covered by the ban has not been determined, it will be "grounded in science".

Trudeau said it is "tough" trying to explain the problem to his own children. "How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches across the world, their stomachs jam packed with plastic bags?" said Trudeau.

"As parents we're at a point when 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".

"What we need now is swift implementation", said Vito Buonsante, plastics program manager at Environmental Defence, in a statement. And this has to stop.

According to federal figures, about one-third of plastics used in Canada are for one-time or short-lived products and packaging, which includes up to 15 billion plastic bags used every year and close to 57 million straws used daily.

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

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that Canada will ban single-use plastics by as early as 2021.

The comments came shortly after Trudeau further detailed his government's plan to ban single use plastics at a national level.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also leery of the proposals, with president Dan Kelly asking for a "thorough economic impact assessment" before anything is banned.

They said they believed that "creating the impression that safe, sanitary plastic materials" are toxic would ultimately make it more hard to achieve zero waste goals.

"I want to save the environment". Currently, less than 10 per cent of plastics used in Canada are recycled.

"The goal is to transfer the responsibility for recycling to companies that generate plastic waste in the first place", Wilkinson said.

The announcement comes on the heels of Canada's protracted diplomatic dispute with the Philippines over more than 100 containers of Canadian waste that were shipped to the country in 2013 and 2014. Canada agreed to take it back last month after a protracted diplomatic spat.

US states and cities are also banning various forms of plastic, with Hawaii and ME recently cracking down on polystyrene, the lightweight packaging known by the brand name Styrofoam.

The issue of plastic waste and pollution has become more widely known since China banned the import of plastic waste, and Greenpeace and other environment groups have been reporting on the massive import of plastic waste from developed countries, into other Asian countries like Malaysia where it is often dumped illegally or burned in toxic fires.

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