Federal Government Moving Ahead with Single-Use Plastics Ban

Years of consultation are coming to a close this month as the Government of Canada works toward addressing the environmental impact of plastic pollution which looks to include a ban on certain harmful single-use plastics in the short term.

In Canada:

  • Approx. 30% of the plastics used are for single use products and packaging. Most of these items are not recyclable or biodegradable and often end up as street litter or contamination in municipal blue box programs.
  • Single-use plastics make up most of the plastic litter that is found in freshwater environments.
  • It is estimated that regulating single use plastics would prevent more than 23,000 tonnes of plastic pollution from entering the environment over a ten year period. That’s roughly one million garbage bags of litter.

The government is looking to begin implementing changes before the end of this year with a goal of achieving zero plastic waste by 2030.

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