Canada Put A Ban On Single-use Plastics

VIDEO: Question on his family's plastic use leaves Trudeau tongue tied

In March, the European Parliament agreed that by 2021 the European Union will ban nearly a dozen single-use products including plastic plates, cutlery, cups, straws, plastic sticks in cotton swabs, balloon sticks and stir sticks, and Styrofoam cups and take-out food containers.

Canada is up to changing the rules of polluting the surroundings as Canada has joined hands with the global movement to stop the use of single-use plastics. A bulk food business in Montreal encourages their customers to come with containers and jars from home, so they aren't using plastic containers or styrofoam to sell their products - this is an idea many other businesses could take up, if it's applicable. 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.

In your opinion, Is the Canadian Government taking this step in the right direction to help save the environment?

While restaurants favour them because they're cheap, lightweight and good for hot or cold food, there are already a number of alternatives. Polystyrene clamshells and other containers would also presumably be covered.

While Twitter user @wikijeff posted a photo with an "available at Loblaws" tag, likely making a dig at the recent decision from the Trudeau government to provide the company millions in aid in order to purchase and install energy efficient fridges.

At the very least, it gives society a sample of just how much plastic waste is ending up in the oceans. Approximately one-third of all plastic used is for single-use or "short-lived" products and packaging. All of that would trigger provincial and municipal governments to up their recycling games.

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St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron said in an email and phone interview that she was super excited by this announcement, as she has been studying waste reduction issues as chair of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association's environment committee. "I recycle. But I want more choices (of non-plastic products) and the emphasis should be put on the manufacturer", Mr Fracassi added.

"Since our event at the Fox with the Water Brothers, we've been overwhelmed by the many calls to tackle plastic pollution, including from students across our east end community", he said. "Any rush to judgment could have serious implications on industry's ability to create a circular economy for plastics that supports a national zero plastic waste strategy".

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

Single-use items represent about 70 per cent of the plastic waste littering the marine environment.

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