Liberals plan to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021

James Marshall
Июня 10, 2019

Canada plans to ban some single-use plastics like straws, bags and cutlery by early 2021 to reduce un-recyclable waste and protect the world's oceans, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday.

"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches across the world, their stomachs jam packed with plastic bags?"

Less than 10 percent of plastics used in Canada are now recycled, 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", Trudeau said in a statement.

"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".

A full list of banned items isn't yet set in stone, but a government source told CBC News that list could include items like plastic straws, cotton swabs, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery and balloon sticks.

Last year, Canada sponsored a G7 ocean plastics charter meant to spur a reduction in plastics use.

Malaysia similarly said it would return 3,000 tons of plastic waste from Canada, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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.

In Alberta, the government of former Premier Rachel Notley pledged incentives for companies that built chemical plants to create jobs and wean the province off its dependence on fossil-fuel exports.

"A real solution needs to be nationwide - we need to cover all of Canada with this decision - and that's why the federal government is moving forward on a science-based approach to establishing which harmful single-use plastics we will be eliminating as of 2021", he said.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says Canadians throw away more than 34 million plastic bags every day that often wind up in landfills, and it can take as long as 1,000 years for them to decay. "This represents up to $8 billion per year in lost value and wastes valuable resources and energy".

Canada could be in for some significant changes come 2021.

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