NEW Deputy Mayor Applauds Proposed Single-Use Plastic Ban

NEW Deputy Mayor Applauds Proposed Single-Use Plastic Ban

At the moment, Canada is only recycling 10% of their plastic waste.

Nova Chemicals Corp. supports efforts to encourage more recycling of plastics, including the plan announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, said John Thayer, senior vice-president of polyethylene for the company which operates large petrochemical complexes in Alberta and Ontario.

"As early as 2021, Canada will ban harmful single-use plastics from coast to coast", Trudeau said.

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, referred to the issue of plastic pollution as a "global challenge" and said that citizens were "tired" of seeing beaches and other territories polluted by plastic.

"To be honest, as a dad, it's tough trying to explain this to my kids".

"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches across the world, their stomachs jam packed with plastic bags?"

"How do I tell them that against all odds, you will find plastic at the very deepest point of the Pacific Ocean?"

That means that plastic straws, cotton swabs, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery, and balloon sticks are likely to be included in the ban.

A year ago at the G7 meeting, Canada launched the Ocean Plastics Charter to reduce plastic use worldwide.

Several cities in Canada already have bans on plastic bags in place.

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The United States and Japan did not join the pact.

The non-binding Ocean Plastics Charter called on participating countries and the European Union to commit to making all plastics reusable, recyclable or recovered by 2030.

The official said Trudeau's government is looking at what the European Union did and drawing inspiration from their model.

The law will not come into effect until late this year or early 2020.

"We believe if you couple that growth with the proper collection, repurpose, reuse of plastics, it's going to continue to make the products more in demand". 15 billion plastic bags a year.

Trudeau promised on multiple occasions that a "Canadian solution" was in the works, but the waste continued to sit in ports near Manila. Without a change in policy, the amount of annually discarded plastic materials will reach a value of $11 billion by 2030, the government said.

Recycling, he said, would not only cut down on pollution but would help produce 42,000 jobs in the recycling and recovery businesses.

The announcement comes on the heels of Canada's protracted diplomatic dispute with the Philippines over more than 100 containers of Canadian waste that were shipped to the country in 2013 and 2014.

The federal government has yet to release a full list of the items that will be banned.

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