Canadian Government to Ban Single-Use Plastics as Early as 2021

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that the government is looking at different options to limit the use of single-use plastics and make plastic producers responsible for the collection and recycling of their products under new regulations.

Best to view Trudeau's latest election promise of a single-use plastics ban in Canada by as early as 2021, with the same skepticism we should have viewed his 2015 election prediction the Canadian government under his leadership would have a $1 billion surplus this year.

That means that plastic straws, cotton swabs, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery, and balloon sticks are likely to be included in the ban.

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.

"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.

Canada's decision comes following the establishment of an Ocean Plastics Charter announced by Trudeau at the G7 conference a year ago.

Underlining the harmful effects of using plastic, the Canadian Prime Minister said that the action should be implemented as soon as possible.

An official at Environment Canada, speaking anonymously because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly, said Canada's focus will be on banning things that are the most harmful, or the hardest to recycle.

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The single-use plastic ban in Canada is set to come into effect in 2021. "We understand the urgency of the problem and are committed to being part of the solution", said Carol Hochu, president and CEO of CPIA.

"As well, it is hard to find areas at beaches that are not littered with plastics, he said".

"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches across the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags?" That compares with current world demand of roughly 100 million barrels daily.

"We have a responsibility to work with our partners to reduce plastic pollution, protect the environment and create jobs and grow our economy".

A report done earlier this year by consulting firms Deloitte and ChemInfo Services and commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada found that in 2016, only nine per cent of plastic waste was recycled in Canada and 87 per cent ended up in landfills.

Indeed, it all sounds like the Liberals' approach to climate change, where Trudeau's carbon pricing/taxation scheme won't actually achieve the industrial greenhouse gas emission reductions he's promising.

-Globally, one garbage truckload of plastic waste enters the ocean every minute, and that amount is increasing steadily. 21 countries and 63 companies signed the document with the goal of reducing plastic pollution.

The Canadian government expects its anti-plastic crusade to add 42,000 jobs in the recycling and recovery businesses.

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