Canada banning single-use plastics in just two years' time

Eloise Marshall
June 13, 2019

Apparently he has also "revealed intentions" to make companies take responsibility for the plastic waste generated by their products.

"We have recently switched to drinking water bottles out of... water out of... when we have water bottles out of plastic".

The federal government intends to work with provinces, territories and municipalities to set standards for companies that sell such products.

It is thought that plastic bags, bottles, straws and cutlery could all be part of the new ban list.

The banned items will be selected to help gradually reduce plastic pollution with the hopes of hitting the new targets and metrics that the government has set.

Canada could be in for some significant changes come 2021.

"This is a problem we simply can't afford to ignore", the statement said.

The associations cautioned, however, that government policies that don't consider full life cycle impacts could have "serious implications on industry's ability to create a circular economy for plastics that supports a national zero plastics waste strategy".

Plastic pollution is a global challenge that requires immediate action.

In April, a carcass of a pregnant sperm whale washed up in Italy with 22 kilograms (49 pounds) of plastic in its stomach. "Or albatross chicks photographed off the coast of Hawaii, their bodies filled to the brim with plastic they've mistaken for food".

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"How do I tell them that against all odds, you will find plastic at the very deepest point of the Pacific Ocean?"

Trudeau said the timeline will be based around consultations and discussions with scientists around which plastics should be targeted, what alternative options are available for businesses, and how unintended costs to small businesses could be limited.

Despite the goodwill from countries like Canada and the United Kingdom, serious questions remain over how the mass of plastic used daily around the world will be recycled properly.

The approved European Union legislation also sets a goal of having plastic bottles 90 percent recycled by 2025 and to cut litter from the 10 items that turn up in oceans most often in half.

He tweeted that Canadians throw away 15 billion plastic bags a year and 57 million straws every day.

A recent report done by Deloitte and ChemInfo Services for Environment and Climate Change Canada found a 90-per-cent plastics recycling rate in Canada could create 42,000 jobs.

But Trudeau said a "national solution" was needed.

"The issue of plastic pollution will increasingly be seen as an issue for developing countries that feel they are being dumped with waste from rich countries that should be taking care of their own waste internally", said Sara Seck, a Dalhousie University law professor.

A May news release from the Canadian government said each of the six companies will receive up to C$150,000 (US$113,000) to support initial research and can compete for up to a C$1 million (US$754,000) grant in the second phase to develop a prototype.

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