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  • Single-use plastics that will be banned include grocery checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, plastic cutlery and food takeout containers.
  • The ban was first proposed last year and still has to go through the government’s regulatory process.
  • Canada is also developing new standards to require plastic items to contain a minimum amount of recycled material.

Canada is moving to ban single-use plastics such as grocery bags, straws and cutlery by the end of 2021 as part of an effort to reach zero plastic waste by 2030, CTV News reports.

Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Wednesday provided updates on the government’s next steps toward its plan to do away with plastics, unveiling a list of items set to be banned that are harmful to the environment and for which there are readily available alternatives. 


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The single-use plastics that will be banned include grocery checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, plastic cutlery and food takeout containers made from plastics that are difficult to recycle. 

“When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic products," like reusable or paper bags in place of plastic, Wilkinson said Wednesday, according to CTV News. 

“I know it is presently hard to come back from the grocery store without a single-use plastic item. ... You use it, you throw it in the recycling bin and more often than not, it ends up in a landfill. This has to change,” he said. 

The ban was first proposed last year and still has to go through the government’s regulatory process. 

Canada is also developing new standards to require plastic items to contain a minimum amount of recycled material. 

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental problems the world is currently facing. 

More than 8 million tons of plastic waste makes its way into the oceans every year, killing millions of animals including birds, fish and other marine life. Plastic production increased from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons by 2015, and production is expected to double by 2050. 


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Published on Oct 07, 2020