Country will ban single-use plastic by end of the year 2021
Our country, Canada, will ban single-use plastic by end of the year 2021. This is also part of Canada’s larger aim to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson confirmed on Wednesday at a conference that Canada is directly targeting plastic pollution. Hence, single-use plastic must go as soon as possible. ‘Plastic pollution threatens our natural environment. It fills our rivers or lakes, and most particularly our oceans, choking the wildlife that live there’, said Wilkinson. He further remarkevd that Canadians can see the impact of plastic pollution ‘from coast to coast’.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government have released a discussion paper in order to spark public debate on this issue. It was precisely PM Trudeau who first proposed to ban single-use plastic in a reasonable time. As Canada moves to make this decade its transition period into full plastic recyclability, life will change for many. Single-use plastic refers to plastic grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and food containers. It will be interesting to see just how much of these will be replaced.