Canada will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.
Trudeau said the specific items to be banned will be determined based
on a science-based review, but the government is considering items such
as water bottles, plastic bags and straws.
“As early as 2021, Canada will ban harmful single-use plastics from coast to coast,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau said his government is drawing inspiration from the European
Union’s Parliament, which voted overwhelmingly in March to impose a
wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution from
discarded items that end up in waterways and fields. Legislatures of the
EU member states must vote on the measure before it takes effect.