On Monday, June 10th, the Government of Canada revealed their plan to combat the use of single-use plastics across the country.
Justin Trudeau announced that his government will be banning harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021 under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
“Reducing plastic pollution and investing in Canadian innovation are part of the Government of Canada’s overall plan to protect the environment and fight climate change to build a stronger economy and healthier communities” reads a statement.
It has been said that this ban would reduce pollution from single-use plastic products and packaging throughout the country. The ban would affect shopping bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks.
Other steps the government is taking to reduce plastic pollution include:
- Ensuring that companies that manufacture plastic products or sell items with plastic packaging are responsible for managing the collection and recycling of their plastic waste
- Working with industry to prevent and retrieve abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear, known as ghost fishing gear. This is a major contributor to marine plastic debris.
- Investing in new Canadian technologies
- Mobilizing international support to address plastic pollution
- Reducing plastic waste from federal operations
- Reducing plastic microbeads in freshwater marine ecosystems
- Supporting community-led action and citizen-science activities
- Launching Canada’s Plastics Science Agenda
Last month, District of North Vancouver Councillor Megan Curren introduced a recommendation to regulate single-use items at the municipal level.
Likewise, back in 2018, the City of Vancouver approved a ban on single-use straws as well as polystyrene foam cups and containers. The move is part of a comprehensive zero waste strategic plan: the Zero Waste 2040 Strategic Plan.
The ban was originally supposed to come into effect on June 1st, 2019, but has been delayed until early 2020.
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