Canada will ban single-use plastic items such as straws and cutlery.
Canada is going to ban certain single-use plastic items as part of a concerted international campaign to clean up oceans of plastic pollution, Prime Minister Trudeau said today.
If a ban on single-use plastic is to go through, many unnecessary single-use products will be banned from the province such as plastic cutlery, and straws. The government is also looking at putting a deposit-return system for plastic bottles in place, much like what is already in place for beer bottles.
The director at Environment Defence told CTV News that, “the ban on some single-use plastics makes a lot of sense. I think it’s a good conversation to have,”.
Some industries have already started to limit the amount of plastic waste that they serve. A&W throughout Canada recently made the switch from plastic straws to paper straws, while Starbucks released new lids for their cold drinks that allow customers to enjoy their beverage without a straw.
Many Canadians believe that this ban will be a great first step in the number of changes that need to be made to ensure that we are taking care of the environment properly.
Comments on this issue are being accepted until April 20. You can comment on the proposal here, on the government’s website.