In March, New York announced plans for a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags for retail sales, following the lead of similar legislation passed in California and Hawaii.
The announcement had originally been scheduled to be made at Cherry Beach on the morning of June 10, but was moved to the Harbourfront Centre due to the rainy conditions.
According to a press release from Trudeau, a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, the federal government will ban items such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks as early as 2021.
"The goal is to transfer the responsibility for recycling to companies that generate plastic waste in the first place", Wilkinson said.
Every year, Canadians throw away of three million tonnes of plastic waste, representing up to $8 billion per year in lost value.
While many types of plastics are recyclable, the sad fact is that only about 9 per cent of plastic actually is. The list will be refined based on further scientific research between now and 2021.
"I think we are generally satisfied", said Vito Buonsante, plastics program manager for Environmental Defence.
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China's decision to no longer import waste from other countries has increased motivation for other countries to reduce the amount of disposable plastic they use.
"We know plastic pollution harms Canada's oceans, wildlife, communities-and our economy". "Our government has listened to those calls, with national action to protect our oceans".
"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. A previous version gave an incorrect date for the EU's limits on single-use plastics to begin.
Canada also aims to "work with provinces and territories to introduce standards, and targets, for companies that manufacture plastic products or sell items with plastic packaging".
In Canada's largest city, Toronto, many residents endorsed the government's move.
Of course, there will be those who would argue over the tricky question of how big a carbon print, making paper bags would leave, but again, you can not expect that shoppers go home juggling with their groceries. The slowing down of business could impact their livelihood, the Conservatives said in a statement.
The proposals are expected and are generally supported by the sector, which is seeing a five-year high in capital spending this year thanks in part to incentive programs by federal and provincial governments, said Isabelle Des Chenes, executive vice-president of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. The federal NDP's environmental plan was released over a week ago, promising to ban single-use plastics by 2022.