Canada has banned select single-use plastics

Canada has officially banned select single-use plastics in the wake of the climate crisis.

A release from the federal government on June 20th explains that Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault and Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos have published their final regulations to prohibit the manufacturing or importing of some single-use plastic items.

The list includes plastic checkout bags, plastic cutlery, foodservice ware and packaging that are hard to recycle, ring carriers, stir sticks, and plastic straws.

The ban will officially come into effect December 2022, and sale of these items will be prohibited as of December 2023 to give businesses time to deplete their existing stock.

The Canadian government expects that this ban will result in the elimination of approximately 1.3 million tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastic waste, and more than 22,000 tonnes of plastic pollution over the next decade.

“We promised Canadians we would deliver a ban on single-use plastics. Today, that’s exactly what we’ve done,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault.

“By the end of the year, you won’t be able to manufacture or import these harmful plastics. After that, businesses will begin offering the sustainable solutions Canadians want, whether that’s paper straws or reusable bags. With these new regulations, we’re taking a historic step forward in reducing plastic pollution, and keeping our communities and the places we love clean.”

Read the full release here.

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