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Cananda to ban single use plastics from 2021

Cananda to ban single use plastics from 2021”

The Canadian government is moving to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday in Toronto.

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.

"Less than 10% of the plastic used in Canada gets recycled".

According to the Canadian government, every year 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals worldwide are injured or die when they mistake plastic for food.

"You've all heard the stories and seen the photos".

"To be honest, as a dad, it's tough trying to explain this to my kids. How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags?"

Several cities in Canada already have bans on plastic bags in place.

"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.

"As parents we're at a point when we take our kids to the beach and we have to search out a patch of sand that isn't littered with straws, Styrofoam or bottles".

The official said specific items to be banned will be determined based on a science-based review, but they are considering items such as water bottles, plastic bags and straws.

Canada, France, Germany, Britain and Italy, along with the European Union, subscribed to a new charter against pollution in the world's oceans, at last year's G7 summit in Quebec. In addition, the European Union earlier this year passed legislation this year to ban single-use plastic products starting in 2021.

The ban could mean less raw plastic is imported from the U.S.to Eastern Canada manufacturers and more raw plastic is exported from Western Canada around the globe, he added.

The banned items will be selected to help gradually reduce plastic pollution with the hopes of hitting the new targets and metrics that the government has set.

Wood Mackenzie is forecasting four per cent annual growth in global plastics demand over the next five years, driven by rising consumer standards of living in Asia, with the rate falling to less than GDP growth after 2028, he said.

"We believe if you couple that growth with the proper collection, repurpose, reuse of plastics, it's going to continue to make the products more in demand".

Several Canadian cities already ban the use of plastic bags, Montreal passed its ban a year ago, and some provinces have banned other products.



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