Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
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Cananda to ban single use plastics from 2021

Cananda to ban single use plastics from 2021

We expect that the plastics industry will be doing everything in their power to water down these regulations, limit the ban list and lower the collection targets.

The prime minister has made protecting the environment a key tenet of his government's mandate, but it hasn't been easy.

The European Union Parliament overwhelmingly voted in March to impose a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution from discarded items that end up in waterways and fields.

This will included such things as plastic straws, plastic cutlery. stir sticks, plates, certain plastic bags etc, but with the corollary "where supported by scientific evidence and warranted".

The ban would go into effect as early as 2021, the prime minister said at a press conference near Montreal.

"Plastics are key to our modern and sustainable way of life, but they do not belong in the environment". We've reached a defining moment, and this is a problem we simply can't afford to ignore.

Charles said many of his customers have found other uses at home for the new paper containers, such as using them to store crayons or markers.

Canada is not alone in trying to clamp down on plastic pollution.

"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches across the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags? Or albatross chicks photographed off the coast of Hawaii, their bodies filled to the brim with plastic they've mistaken for food".


The plan also gives time for businesses, like fast food restaurants, to adjust and find alternatives to plastic. "Making sense of this new reality for my kids isn't a struggle I face alone". That compares with current world demand of roughly 100 million barrels daily.

Less than 10% of plastics are now recycled in Canada.

He tweeted that Canadians throw away 15 billion plastic bags a year and 57 million straws every day.

Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party, told reporters in Ottawa that the ban was an attempt by Trudeau, who faced a leadership crisis this year, "to change the channel".

Trudeau's announcement said nothing about increased costs to the public, substituting Liberal-happy talk that it will, "reduce 1.8 million tonnes of carbon pollution, generate billions of dollars in revenue, and create approximately 42,000 jobs".

In his comments, he singled out Nova Scotia-based polypropylene packaging film producer Copol International Ltd., which was one of six plastics firms to receive Canadian government funding to pursue innovations in dealing with plastic waste.

Trudeau promised on multiple occasions that a "Canadian solution" was in the works, but the waste continued to sit in ports near Manila.

"That's the reality for our kids if we don't act now".

Environment groups were cautiously optimistic about the announcement Monday, saying they want to see the follow-through but noting the best way to reduce plastic garbage is to reduce the plastic we produce and use to begin with.

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