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22:06  09 june  2019
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Trudeau announces plan to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021

Trudeau announces plan to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021 MONT-SAINT-HILAIRE, Que. — Ottawa has announced its intention to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement today at a nature reserve in Mont St-Hilaire, south of Montreal. The details of how such a ban would be implemented remain unknown, but the government will conduct research to determine the best course of action, which it says will be grounded in scientific evidence. Trudeau says the situation of plastic overflowing in landfills and polluting oceans and waterways has reached a breaking point, and action is needed.

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single - use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. The measure still has to clear some procedural hurdles, but is expected to go through. The EU hopes it will go into effect across the bloc by 2021 .

The ban is, at a glance, comprehensive. Aside from the 2021 complete ban on plenty of singleuse products, the use of plastics for which Although plenty of national governments appear to want to do something, what usually happens is dissenting, powerful voices manage to weaken proposals that

Government to ban single-use plastics by 2021© Canadian Press The Trudeau government is committing to ban single-use plastics by 2021.

The Trudeau government will ban single-use plastics by 2021, CBC News has learned from a government source.

Plastic straws, cotton buds, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery and balloon sticks are just some of the single-use plastics that will be banned in Canada, according to the source.

This is part of a larger strategy to tackle the plastic pollution problem that the government is expected to announce Monday.

Full list to mirror the EU

According to the source, the full list of plastics to be banned by the federal government will follow the model chosen by the European Union, which voted in March to also ban products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags. Oxo-degradable plastics include additives that don't completely biodegrade but fragment into small pieces and remain in the environment.

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The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly for an European Union-wide ban on single - use plastics , such as straws, plastic cutlery and cotton buds. The ban would come into effect from 2021 , under the draft plans.

ban on single - use plastics such as straws, plates, cutlery and cotton-swab sticks in Europe by 2021 , joining a global shift as environmentalists emphasize the The European Parliament will next enter into negotiations with the European Council of government ministers for the 28 member states, who are

Fast-food containers and cups made of expanded polystyrene, which is similar to white styrofoam, will also be banned.

At the G7 in Charlevoix, Que., last June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada-led Ocean Plastics Charter.

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and the European Union immediately signed on, agreeing to find ways to deal with marine plastics litter.

All of those countries have moved to curb plastic pollution, some of them with laws to reduce the consumption of plastics.

A report done earlier this year by consulting firms Deloitte and ChemInfo Services commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada found in 2016 only nine per cent of plastic waste was recycled in Canada, with 87 per cent ending up in landfills.

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Single - use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday. measures against cigarette filters and lost fishing gear. Parliament wants to forbid throwaway plastics from 2021 © AP images/European Union -EP.

The Single - Use Plastics Directive will ban products for which alternatives exist on the market, such as single - use plastic cutlery, plates, and items made of oxo-degradable plastics , by the year 2021 . E.U. member states will also have to achieve a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029.

Plastic bags end up everywhere

Environment and Climate Change Canada says that Canadians throw away more than 34 million plastic bags every day.

It's a global issue because most plastic bags wind up in landfills and it can take as long as 1,000 years for them to decay.

Many also end up in the oceans harming marine ecosystems and wildlife. Recently whales have been found dead, washed ashore with pounds of plastic in their stomachs.

There is also a problem with microplastics that end up in water and the food supply.

The Deloitte and ChemInfo Services report also found that between 2012 and 2017, plastics manufacturing became one of the fastest-growing sectors, worth about $35 billion in sales, employing 93,000 people mostly in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

The study also found the Canadian recycling industry generates about $350 million and is in the hands of fewer than a dozen recycling companies with about 500 employees.

Ban on single-use plastics could be boon for Ontario forestry industry

Ban on single-use plastics could be boon for Ontario forestry industry Northern Ontario forestry producers are hoping the Canadian economy is about to trade plastic for paper. The federal government wants to ban single use plastics like straws and forks, as early as 2021, and the Forest Products Association of Canada is hoping that wood and paper will take their place. Bob Larocque, senior vice-president of the group, says this would open new markets for northern Ontario mills. "This will be new types of end product development that will require the current products that are being made by the northern pulp and paper facilities," Larocque said.

The European Parliament has approved a law banning a wide-range of single - use plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery, by 2021 .

The European Parliament voted unanimously to ban single - use plastic products including straws, cotton buds and disposable cutlery by 2021 in October 2019. European Union member states have voted unanimously to ban single - use plastics by 2021 in an attempt to reduce pollution levels in the

According the Environment and Climate Change Canada, the new plastics strategy will generate jobs and reduce greenhouse gases. It is expected to release details on how this will work on Monday.

More recently, Canada was criticized for dozens of containers of rotting garbage found in the Philippines.

Ottawa is spending $1.14 million to bring those cargo containers of recyclables contaminated with garbage back to Canada for disposal.

Some municipalities have already moved to reduce plastic waste, but environmental experts point to a need for a consistent national strategy.

Tofino and Deep Cove, B.C., have banned plastic straws; Fogo Island replaced plastic bags with paper; Montreal is banning the use of plastic bags and bottles; St. John's banned plastic bags in 2017.

The prime minister and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will announce the new plastic strategy in two separate locations on Monday.

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