Canada moves to ban single-use plastics

Mindy Sparks
June 13, 2019

Mr Tudeau said Canada has a unique chance to lead the fight against plastic pollution as the country with the world's longest coastlines.

That is why the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that the Government of Canada is taking additional steps to reduce Canada's plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives. That's why our government intends to ban harmful single-use plastic products where science warrants it, and why we're working with partners across Canada and around the world to reduce plastic pollution.

And yet now, Trudeau has apparently discovered after nearly four years in power with a majority government, during which time he could have actually done something about it, that single-use plastics are an environmental crisis, and he has the solution, if only Canadians will re-elect him on October 21.

More than 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals worldwide are annually injured or die when they mistake plastic for food or become entangled in the substance, the Canadian government said.

Right. You could nearly see his handlers diving into the lake, en masse.

Trudeau said it is "tough" trying to explain the problem to his own children. "Against all odds, you will find plastic at the very deepest point of the Pacific Ocean". The ban will include fast food containers and coffee cups made of expanded polystyrene (similar to Styrofoam) which cannot be recycled and added that only about 10% of plastic products, those that can be recycled, actually are. However, she warned of unintended consequences, explaining how some jurisdictions where plastic bags were banned found residents turned to heavier lined plastic products.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Monday's announcement marks the first step to initiating a nationwide ban of single-use plastics in Canada.

An official at Environment Canada, speaking anonymously because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly, said Canada's focus will be on banning things that are the most harmful, or the hardest to recycle.

Trudeau said his ban could be implemented "as early as 2021", which doesn't mean anything.

Despite the goodwill from countries like Canada and the United Kingdom, serious questions remain over how the mass of plastic used daily around the world will be recycled properly. The federal NDP under Jagmeet Singh put out its climate plan at the end of May, which included a ban on single-use plastics by 2022.

He tweeted that Canadians throw away 15 billion plastic bags a year and 57 million straws every day. This represents up to $8 billion per year in lost value and wastes valuable resources and energy.

Trudeau called on large companies, namely "the Coca-Colas and Unilevers of the world", to be more responsible for the plastic they manufacture.

The federal government intends to work with provinces, territories and municipalities to set standards for companies that sell such products.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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