Prime Minister Trudeau has announced plans for a ban on single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery, stir sticks and fast food containers.
It could take effect as early as 2021.
Canadians are tired of seeing our beaches, parks, streets, and shorelines littered with plastic waste. Learn more about the action we’re taking to ban harmful single-use plastics: https://t.co/GZBt0K10Nt #BeatPlasticPollution pic.twitter.com/eZ0yT8ckY5— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 10, 2019
The government still has to work out how the ban would be implemented and which specific products would be targetted, but it’s likely Canada will follow the model chosen by the European Union, which voted in March to also ban products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags.
“Canadians know first-hand the impacts of plastic pollution, and are tired of seeing their beaches, parks, streets, and shorelines littered with plastic waste. We have a responsibility to work with our partners to reduce plastic pollution, protect the environment, and create jobs and grow our economy. We owe it to our kids to keep the environment clean and safe for generations to come.”– The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Trudeau said the plastic overflowing in landfills and polluting oceans has reached a breaking point, noting that less than 10 per cent of the plastic used in Canada gets recycled. If that continues unchecked, Canadians will be throwing out $11 billion worth of plastic products by 2030.
The federal government says it will also work with provinces and territories to introduce standards and targets for companies that manufacture plastic products or sell items with plastic packaging so they become responsible for their plastic waste.
Queen’s Park, last week, announced it has appointed a Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste to report this summer on how to tackle plastic waste and litter, improve recycling, increase products that can go into the blue box, and ensure producers are responsible for managing plastic and other packaging at end-of-life.
Reducing plastic waste and litter and making producers responsible for the end-of-life management of their products is a key part of our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to balance a healthy economy and a healthy environment and keep our province clean and beautiful for current and future generations.