Government of Canada announces banning single use plastic

Michelle Mak Community, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Updates

On October 7, 2020, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced the next steps in the Government of Canada’s plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. The plan will protect wildlife and our waters, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs. This plan also includes banning harmful single-use plastic items like bags and straws.

This means that harmful single-use plastic items will be banned, the Government proposes the following items to be banned:

  • Plastic checkout bags
  • Straws
  • Stir sticks
  • Six-pack rings
  • Cutlery
  • Hard to recycle food ware

This list of items was published today and any comments from Canadians or stakeholders on this topic and approach will be accepted until December 9, 2020. The regulations for the ban of single use plastic will be finalized by the end of 2021.

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