Feds plan ban on single-use plastics

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2019

In fact, in Canada, up to 15 billion plastic bags are used every year and close to 57 million straws are used daily. Moreover, bottlers had the equipment to wash and reuse the containers, it was a very sustainable practice and an environment-friendly one since glass once discarded doesn't pollute and could easily be recycled. The move announced by Trudeau also signals the will by the federal government to retake the leading role that, as a national government, it should play regarding environmental matters, since already some cities, including Montreal, have been adopting policies created to curtail the use of plastic bags, for instance.

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". The government has a goal to "ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021. where supported by scientific evidence and warranted, and take other steps to reduce pollution from plastic products and packaging".

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In two announcements on June 10, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the Liberals plan to ban single-use plastics across the country by 2021.

China banned the import of plastic waste past year, causing other Southeast Asian nations to become new destinations.

Plastic beverage bottles won't be banned in Europe but the European Union will require them to contain a minimum of 30 per cent recycled material by 2030, and a collection rate for recycling or reuse of 90 per cent by 2029.

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Plastic bottles, however, are unlikely to make the list of banned products.

Plastic straws are already on their way out by restaurants' choice, but will nearly certainly be covered by the Canadian ban nonetheless. The official said bottles are an area where Canada could require a greater amount of recycled material, and set national targets so 90 to 100 per cent of them are collected for recycling.

While many Canadians were pretty mad with Trudeau and his comments, others took to Twitter to poke fun at the situation, joking about paper water bottles and "juice-box things". Trudeau exclaims: 'We have a responsibility to work with our partners to reduce plastic pollution, protect the environment, and create jobs and grow our economy'.

The move is part of a strategy to tackle the plastic pollution issue.

She said her organization wants to be involved in the process to ensure bans are imposed only where there are "viable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable alternatives".

Andrew Scheer, leader of the political opposition, the Conservative Party of Canada, blasted the plan for lack of details about how it would affect prices for consumers, jobs or small businesses, according to CBC News.

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