Canada to ban manufacturing and import of single-use plastic products from the end of 2022

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. AP News

Canada will suspend the manufacture and import of single-use plastic products from December this year.

The Canadian government announced on the 20th (local time) that it will ban the manufacture and import of six products: plastic bags, straws, take-out containers, spoons, forks, and beverage rings.

From the end of next year, a ban on sales of related products will also be enforced. Exports of single-use plastic products will also be banned from the end of 2025. The Canadian government explained that it was “the first to ban the export of (plastic products) internationally.”

Canadian Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duqlo said, “Only 8% of the plastic we throw away is recycled, and 43,000 tonnes of single-use plastic is thrown into the environment every year, including waterways. I am tired,” he said.

However, plastic straws that are packaged with beverages or used outside packaging will be allowed as an exception. An exception was made so that wholesale disposable straws could be sold.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in June 2019 that he would phase out the production and use of single-use plastic products with the goal of ‘zero plastic waste’. The Canadian government had planned to implement single-use plastic regulations in 2021, but this was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A 2019 study by the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Agency found that 3.3 million tonnes of plastic were thrown away, almost half of which was in plastic packaging. Recycled packaging materials accounted for less than 10% of this, and 29,000 tons were found to cause pollution in daily life as waste.

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