Canada to start single-use plastic ban in 2021

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Less than 10 percent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled.

Trudeau said. Canada's move follows one by the European Union, which late a year ago announced a similar ban.

Canada is considering ban single-use plastics across the country in just two years' time.

Right. You could nearly see his handlers diving into the lake, en masse. "And to be honest as a dad it is tough trying to explain to my kids", Trudeau said.

"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags?"

Working with authorities and businesses across Canada, the government will look to ban "harmful" single-use products such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks, and will take other steps to reduce pollution from plastic products and packaging.

The federal government has yet to release a full list of the items that will be banned.

Without a change in direction, the country will throw away an estimated C$11 billion (US$8.3 billion) worth of plastic materials annually by 2030, up from C$8 billion (US$6 billion) now.

Canada has delayed implementation until 2021 to allow time for a "science-based" decision on exactly which plastics "are harmful to the environment and human health", according to a government statement.

Canada is set to ban single-use plastics from 2021.

People around the world are becoming aware of the massive problem caused by plastic products, especially single-use plastics.

"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.

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the European Union signed on to the Ocean Plastics charter at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que., last June, agreeing to find ways to deal with marine plastics litter.

However, the decision to spend $4.5 billion to purchase the existing Trans Mountain pipeline infrastructure from Kinder Morgan previous year raised criticisms from political opponents and environmental groups that the government was talking out of both sides of its mouth by both buying the pipeline and advocating for environmental regulations.

Trudeau said that plastic producers would be held responsible for "the entire life-cycle" of their products, and that plastic manufacturers and the companies using their products would have to provide recycling plans.

USA states and cities are also banning various forms of plastic, with Hawaii and ME recently cracking down on polystyrene, the lightweight packaging known by the brand name Styrofoam.

He said the situation of plastic overflowing in landfills and polluting oceans and waterways has reached a breaking point, and action is needed.

Recycling would not only cut down on pollution but would help produce 42,000 jobs in the recycling and recovery businesses, the prime minister said.

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