Canada To Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2019

The proposal is in part a reaction to the lacklustre level of recycling that Canadians are doing of plastics, as some reports peg recycling of plastics at around 11 per cent -meaning the remainder is in the landfill where it doesn't break down, or in our ditches, lakes and rivers.

Trudeau said the government will research the question of which items it should ban and follow the model chosen by the European Union, which voted in March to ban plastic items for which market alternatives exist - such as single-use plastic cutlery and plates - and items made of plastics that are not biodegradable, such as bags.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the country will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, following similar actions by California, Hawaii and NY.

"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags?" he said.

'Canadians know first-hand the impacts of plastic pollution, and are exhausted of seeing their beaches, parks, streets, and shorelines littered with plastic waste, ' he comments.

"The science is there and it's very clear", she said. A different problem could be for water bottlers since the idea of putting spring water into small bottles started just a few decades ago and was done in plastic from the beginning.

The environmental group Greenpeace called the government's announcement "the first step" but said ultimately Canada needs to move towards phasing out a wider array of "all non-essential plastics".

"If it is banned, we are going to learn" how to deal with it, "for future generations", said Evelyn, another resident. A bulk food business in Montreal encourages their customers to come with containers and jars from home, so they aren't using plastic containers or styrofoam to sell their products - this is an idea many other businesses could take up, if it's applicable. It remains to be seen whether the government will take on big soft-drink corporations such as Coca Cola or Pepsi Cola, forcing them to deliver their products in glass bottles as they used to do it until the 1980s. The Conservatives have promised to release their policy in the current month.

"I want to save the environment". He also was president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada and of Colleges Ontario, an advocacy organization for the province's 24 colleges of applied arts and technology.

Data from 2017 suggests municipalities could save between $125-$175 million annually once full producer responsibility for the Blue Box Program is put in place.

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