Checkout baggage, straws and 4 different single-use plastic objects will likely be banned in Canada by the tip of 2021, the atmosphere minister introduced Wednesday, whereas acknowledging the nation is trailing Europe in recycling efforts.
The ban — which additionally targets stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and meals ware constructed from hard-to-recycle plastics — is a part of a broader plan to eradicate plastics waste by 2030, which is on the coronary heart of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s local weather and environmental agenda.
However Surroundings Minister Jonathan Wilkinson acknowledged, “We aren’t main the world on this.”
“Many nations in Europe, together with the UK, have gone down this path and we have actually realized from the work that they’ve carried out,” he informed a information convention.
Based on Ottawa, Canadians throw away three million tonnes of plastic waste every year — together with 15 billion baggage yearly, and 57 million straws each day. Solely 9 p.c of it’s recycled.
Ottawa, mentioned Wilkinson, goals to hike that to 90 p.c, in step with European targets for 2029.
He mentioned of the six plastic objects that will likely be prohibited, there are already “available and reasonably priced options.”
“There are many (plastics) which are going to must proceed to be single use,” he added, “However they have to be the sorts of issues that we’re in a position to recycle, that we’re in a position to maintain within the financial system and never find yourself within the atmosphere the place they trigger issues.”
Plastic lids on espresso cups was highlighted as essentially the most seen plastic rubbish in metropolis dumps. Wilkinson mentioned he is nonetheless engaged on a repair.
Ottawa proposed as effectively to ascertain recycled content material necessities in merchandise and packaging, hoping to spice up recycling and invite higher product design to increase the lifetime of plastic supplies.
“This might embody a minimal requirement of recycled content material in new merchandise and larger accountability for producers and sellers to gather and recycle plastics,” he mentioned.