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Canada announces plan to ban single-use plastics by 2021


In response to plastic waste that is harming ecosystems, the Canadian government has also begun to take action. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau announced on June 10, 2019 that Canada will ban the use of most disposable plastic products, including plastic bags, straws, tableware and stir bars by 2021.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau announced the news at the Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St-Hilaire, a suburb of Montreal.

Currently, the Canadian government's list of banned plastic items has not yet been finalized. But a government source revealed that the prohibited items will include: disposable plastic bags, plastic water bottles, plastic straws, plastic tableware, beverage blenders, fast food containers, cups made of expanded polystyrene and other items.

The official also said that the Trudeau Liberal government is studying the relevant EU practices and hopes to learn from them. In March 2019, the European Parliament passed an overwhelming number of bills, stipulating that the use of disposable plastic products such as drinking tubes, tableware and cotton swabs will be completely banned in EU countries from 2021. It is reported that the EU also encourages member states to gradually reduce the use of plastic packaging and adopt stricter labeling rules.

The Environment and Climate Change Canada says that Canadians throw out more than 34 million plastic bags every day. These plastic bags usually end up in landfills, which may take up to 1,000 years. rot.

At the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec in June 2018, Canada and four other major economies signed the Ocean Plastic Charter, agreeing to find ways to deal with ocean plastic waste. The signatories agreed to take measures to curb plastic pollution, some of which have established laws to reduce plastic consumption.

A report commissioned by Environment Canada to consult Deloitte and ChemInfo Services found that in 2016. Only 9% of plastic waste was recovered in Canada and 87% of plastic waste was eventually sent to landfills. It can be seen that the problem of plastic pollution in Canada still needs to be solved urgently.

For the prohibition of many single-use plastic products, it is really necessary and meaningful.

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