Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Canada Pledges To Ban Single-Use Plastic By 2021

Canada Pledges To Ban Single-Use Plastic By 2021

Earlier this month, Moncton introduced a bylaw restricting businesses from distributing some single-use plastic bags by July 2020.

The federal government has pledged that the policy will be based on scientific evidence, and to that effect, Chelsea M. Rochman, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto was invited to speak on Monday.

Each year, a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals worldwide are injured or killed by becoming entangled in plastic or ingesting it through the food chain. The problem here is to find the right replacement, some stores have provided more durable bags that can be carried with you when shopping, but the question remains for the occasional shoppers who, after finish working decide to take something home: how are they going to carry their groceries?

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer shrugged it off as another empty announcement devoid of specifics and without any information on the implications for prices for consumers or for jobs in the plastics industry. I mean come on, give me a break.

Do you think that using plastic products makes our every day life easier?

Both plastic manufacturers and the companies using their products, as in packing materials, will have to provide recycling plans.

The non-binding Ocean Plastics Charter called on participating countries and the European Union to commit to making all plastics reusable, recyclable or recovered by 2030.


Canada's biggest advantage as a producer of plastics is its abundant cheap natural gas feedstock and that won't change under the proposed ban, said Ashish Chitalia, principal analyst for polyolefins for consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

Isabelle Des Chenes, govt vice-president with the Chemistry Enterprise Affiliation of Canada, acknowledged a proposed ban on clear single-utilize plastics in Canada doubtless also cannot beget an stamp on billions of greenbacks in unusual petrochemical projects coming on slip in Alberta and Ontario.

Trudeau said Canada's plan will "closely mirror" that of Europe.

According to the Canadian government, less than 10 percent of the nation's plastic is recycled and Canadians throw away more than 3 million tons of plastic waste each year.

PM Justin Trudeau declares that a ban on single utilize plastics, and that firms that fetch or utilize plastic in their products will be to blame for the gathering and recycling of that discipline cloth. The plastic that was being dumped each year was worth 8 billion dollars which is said a lot of money to be wasted in the pollution.

Canada has the longest coastline in the world and is home to one-quarter of the world's freshwater, Trudeau points out.

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