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Canada Aims to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Canada Aims to Ban Single-Use Plastics

In Canada, less than 10 per cent of used plastics are recycled and, unless they change their habits, Canadians will throw out $11 billion worth of plastic products by 2030.

But in a news release and video announcement, Trudeau said the ban could take effect "as early as 2021", and could include big changes in what plastics companies will be asked to do to collect and control waste from their products in the marketplace.

Canada's decision comes following the establishment of an Ocean Plastics Charter announced by Trudeau at the G7 conference past year.

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"To be honest, as a dad, it's tough trying to explain this to my kids".

If he wins the election, Scheer vows to roll back environmental protections, including a federal carbon tax and a tanker traffic ban along a pristine part of the Pacific coast.

Trudeau said producers of other plastics - such as bottles or food packaging - will be held responsible for "the entire life-cycle" of their products.

"We don't want to just ban one item and then substitute to another type of single-use, disposable item", she told CTV2's Alberta Primetime.

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Canada, France, Germany, Britain and Italy, along with the European Union, subscribed at last year's G7 summit in Quebec to a new charter against pollution in the world's oceans.

Every year, the Great Canadian Shore Cleanup campaign gathers about 3,000 tonnes of garbage, much of it plastics, from Canadian shorelines - something Peter Ross, executive director for the Coastal Ocean Research Institute, acknowledged was "a bandaid".

Canada's plastics industry said it shared the government's concern about mismanaged waste and noted industry efforts like the US$1.5 billion Alliance to End Plastic Waste.

Studies and real-world experience suggest, for example, that while banning plastic grocery bags obviously decreases their use, it simultaneously increases the use of such things as plastic garbage bags, which are thicker, paper bags and cotton bags. 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.

US states and cities are also banning various forms of plastic, with Hawaii and ME recently cracking down on polystyrene, the lightweight packaging known by the brand name Styrofoam. A high-profile campaign against plastic straws previous year drove numerous multi-national food and beverage companies - including A&W and Starbucks - to replace plastic straws with paper versions, and many restaurants just stopped automatically putting straws in drinks as a first step. 15 billion plastic bags a year.

Recycling would not only cut down on pollution but would help produce 42,000 jobs in the recycling and recovery businesses, the prime minister said.

A report by the European Commission found that 80% of litter in the world's oceans is plastic, due to its slow decomposition.