"We need to cover all of Canada with this decision and that's why the federal government is moving forward on a science-based approach to establishing which harmful single-use plastics we will be eliminating as of 2021", the prime minister said, according to CBC News.
Currently, less than 10% of plastic used in Canada gets recycled.
Right. You could nearly see his handlers diving into the lake, en masse. "How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches across the world, their stomachs jam packed with plastic bags?" said Trudeau. "How do I tell them that against all odds, you will find plastic at the very deepest point of the Pacific Ocean".
The ban could encompass items like plastic plates, cutlery, cups, straws, plastic sticks in cotton swabs, balloon sticks and stir sticks, and Styrofoam cups and take-out food containers, in line with products under scrutiny by the European Union and other nations.
In May, the United Kingdom followed suit with a plastic ban by 2020. About one-third of plastics used in Canada are for single-use or short-term products.
The issue of plastic waste and pollution has become more widely known since China banned the import of plastic waste, and Greenpeace and other environment groups have been reporting on the massive import of plastic waste from developed countries, into other Asian countries like Malaysia where it is often dumped illegally or burned in toxic fires.Читайте также: Build-A-Bear's Pay Your Age Is Back
Single-use items represent about 70 per cent of the plastic waste littering the marine environment.
A joint statement from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association and the Chemical Industry Association of Canada said they "welcome the plans for producer-led extended producer responsibility initiatives" to harmonize collection and help build markets for recycled plastics.
-Over the last 25 years, almost 800,000 volunteers have removed over 1.3 million kilograms of trash from across Canada's shorelines through Ocean Wise and World Wildlife Fund's Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup program, supported by the Government of Canada.
The federal government intends to work with provinces, territories and municipalities to set standards for companies that sell such products. Oxo-degradeable plastics including plastic grocery bags, which break down into tiny pieces with exposure to air but never fully disappear, are also to be banned.
"Every year, Canadians throw away over three million tons of plastic waste", the prime minister said in a statement. Without steps to crack down on the problem, that number could increase to roughly $8 billion a year by 2030.
"Copol International is a forward-thinking business that's developing biodegradable food packaging", Trudeau said.
And while Trudeau has declared it a top priority, a recent parliamentary report concluded Canada is doing too little to combat climate change, even as government scientists warned the country was warming at twice the global rate.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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