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Canada will ban single-use plastic items by the end of next year

Canada plans to ban single-use plastics -- checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and even foodware made from hard-to-recycle plastics -- nationwide by the end of 2021.

Canada plans to ban single-use plastics — checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and even foodware made from hard-to-recycle plastics — nationwide by the end of 2021.

Canadian Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Wednesday in a news conference, “Plastic pollution threatens our natural environment. It fills our rivers or lakes, and most particularly our oceans, choking the wildlife that live there, Canadians see the impact that pollution has from coast to coast to coast.”

The move is part of a larger effort by the nation to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. The plan also includes improvements to keep “plastic in our economy and out of our environment,” he said.

Single-use plastics make up most of the plastic litter found in Canada’s freshwater environments, according to the government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first announced the country’s plan to ban these kinds of plastics last year, describing it as “a problem we simply can’t afford to ignore,” according to a news release.

According to the government, Canadians throw away more than 3 million tons of plastic waste every year — and only 9% of that plastic is recycled.

Although the new regulations won’t come into effect until 2021, the Canadian government is releasing a discussion paper outlining the proposed plastics ban and soliciting public feedback. It will be available until December 9 of this year.

Source: CNN News

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