As it stands, one truckload of plastic is being dumped into the ocean EVERY. MINUTE. About one-third of that plastic consists of single-use plastic like straws and takeout containers.
Plastic pollution is becoming a growing concern for Canadians, and the government is finally doing something to address the epidemic of single-use plastic.
Justin Trudeau has announced Monday morning that Canada will be banning single-use plastics by 2021. The details of the ban have not been announced, but it appears that the bulk of the responsibility will be passed off to big companies.
Every year, Canadians throw away over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste. Plastic is so ubiquitous in our lives that we even breathe it in our air and eat it when it makes its way into our food.
The new ban on single-use plastic aims to reduce carbon pollution by 1.8 million tonnes, "generate billions of dollars in revenue, and create approximately 42,000 jobs."
So far, all we know is that "harmful" single-use plastics will be banned by 2021. According to the government, plastics being banned was "supported by scientific evidence and warranted."
These actions will align with steps taken by the European Union, which has also vowed to place a ban on single-use plastics.
The office of the Prime Minister stated that "With the longest coastline in the world and one-quarter of the world’s freshwater, Canada has a unique responsibility – and opportunity – to lead in reducing plastic pollution."
According to Global News, the Prime Minister stated at a press conference held today that plastic producers, not municipalities, will be held responsible for the recycling of their products.