"Canadians expect us to act". The goal is to make decisions on everything on the list by 2021.
The environmental group Greenpeace called the government's announcement "the first step" but said ultimately Canada needs to move towards phasing out a wider array of "all non-essential plastics".
Canada has the longest coastline in the world and is home to one-quarter of the world's freshwater, Trudeau points out.
The Prime Minister made headlines on Monday, by announcing that his government will ban single-use plastics, as early as 2021. In addition, the European Union earlier this year passed legislation to ban single-use plastic products starting in 2021.
If you organize a house party, do you think using plastic cups and dishes is more convenient?
At any rate, single-use plastics will destroy humanity if they're not banned immediately in Canada (and California probably).
"Canadians know first-hand the impacts of plastic pollution, and are exhausted of seeing their beaches, parks, streets and shorelines littered with plastic waste", Trudeau said. Styrofoam containers are also among the worst for the environment; they break down into tiny little pieces that are easily ingested by fish, animals and ultimately humans. The plastic which is dumped in the water may take more than a hundred years to decompose totally.
Of course, there will be those who would argue over the tricky question of how big a carbon print, making paper bags would leave, but again, you can not expect that shoppers go home juggling with their groceries.
"Our fundamental belief is that globally, plastics will continue to grow and that we'll need multiple plants to be built year over year to enable that growth", he said in an interview. All of that would trigger provincial and municipal governments to up their recycling games.
Some municipalities in Canada have already moved to reduce plastic waste. Plastic cutlery, bags, plates, water bottles and many other products simply never get recycled. "We have a responsibility to work with our partners to reduce plastic pollution".
During the news conference, Trudeau was asked by a reporter, "What do you and your family do to cut back on plastics?"
"I want to save the environment". 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. A revamped paper industry could also create jobs that may replace the ones lost in the plastic industry.
Trudeau's chief rival, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, dismissed the government measure as "another gesture without a plan, without any kind of specifics on how this would be implemented, or any kind of study on the impact on prices for consumers, on jobs, on how this would affect the small businesses".
Note to readers: This is a corrected story.