OTTAWA'S SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAN PROPOSAL FIRST PROMISED IN LAST ELECTION

Oct 07, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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The Trudeau government says the end’s near for six single-use plastic items.
Grocery checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, cutlery, takeout containers and six-pack rings.
In announcing the proposed ban that’s to be in place by the end of 2021, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says they were chosen because they are not easily recycled and already have more environmentally-friendly alternatives.
He adds many of the items that are not on the ban list, like plastic bottles, will be getting a makeover with new standards to require them to contain a minimum amount of recycled material.
Wilkinson says Canadians still need plastics but that a better approach is needed to ensure more material is reused and doesn’t end up in landfills.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party supports the move but wants to see details.
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