Canada bans disposable plastics until the end of the year

Restaurants and grocery stores are worried about offering alternative products as the government announces details of its ban on disposable plastics. in Toronto. June 20, 2022

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Canada bans the production and import of single-use plastics by the end of the year, the government said announced on Mondayin a major effort to combat plastic waste and tackle climate change.

The ban will cover items such as payment bags, cutlery, straws and cutlery made from or containing plastics that are difficult to recycle, with a few exceptions for medical reasons. It will take effect in December 2022, and the sale of these items will be banned from December 2023 to give Canadian businesses enough time to transition and deplete existing stocks, the government said.

Disposable plastics make up the majority of plastic waste found off the coast of Canada. Up to 15 billion plastic bags are used each year, and approximately 16 million straws are used each day, according to government figures.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has promised to phase out plastics in 2019, said the ban would remove more than 1.3 million tonnes of plastic waste over the next decade – the equivalent of 1 million garbage bags.

Restaurants and grocery stores are worried about offering alternative products as the government announces details of its ban on disposable plastics. in Toronto. June 20, 2022

Steve Russell Toronto Star | Getty Images

“We have promised to ban harmful disposable plastics and we are keeping that promise,” Trudeau tweeted Monday.

Canada will also ban the export of these plastics by the end of 2025 to tackle international plastic pollution.

“Until the end of the year, you will not be able to produce or import these harmful plastics,” said Stephen Gilbo, Federal Minister for the Environment and Climate Change. “Then businesses will start offering the sustainable solutions that Canadians want, whether it’s paper straws or reusable bags.

“With these new regulations, we are taking a historic step forward in reducing plastic pollution and keeping our communities and the places we love clean,” Gilbo said.

Canada’s efforts come as countries begin to impose bans on the problem of plastics that are made from oil and can take hundreds of years to break down.

The United States is the world’s largest contributor to plastic waste, according to report of the Congress for 2021. This month the Ministry of Interior said he would phase out the sale of single-use plastic products in national parks and other public lands by 2032

Sarah King, head of the oceans and plastics campaign at Greenpeace Canada, said in a statement that banning Canada is a critical step forward, but “we are not even on the starting line yet”.

“The government needs to move to high speed by expanding the ban list and reducing overall plastic production,” King said. “Relying on recycling for the remaining 95% is a denial of the scale of the crisis.”

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