Government statistics show that up to 15 billion plastic checkout bags and over 16 million straws are used annually. In a significant attempt to prevent plastic waste and battle climate change, the Canadian government made an official announcement last week that it will ban the manufacturing and import of single-use plastics by the end of the year.
By the end of 2025, the Canadian government is also set to ban the export of such plastics in order to combat global plastic pollution. With a few medically necessary exclusions, the ban will apply to goods like grocery bags, cutlery, straws, and food-service equipment made of or containing difficult-to-recycle plastics.
To give Canadian firms ample time to transfer and exhaust current supplies, the ban will go into effect in December 2022, and sales of certain products will be barred as of December 2023.
By the end of 2025, the government will also ban the export of plastics in the six categories, making Canada the first comparable nation to do so worldwide.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What is single-use plastic ban?
A. Single-use plastic ban refers to complete bar of manufacturing, distribution, importing, sale, stocking and use of all single-use plastic.
Q. Are Ziploc bags single-use plastic?
A. Yes, Ziploc bags count as a single-use plastic example, and hence, are on their way out of Canada.
Q. What are the most common single-use plastics?
A. Some single-use plastic examples include plastic bags, plastic cutlery, plastic water bottles, food wraps, plastic lids, plastic stirrers, plastic straws, foam take-away containers, etc.
Q. What can replace plastic bags?
A. There are multiple effective alternatives to plastic bags such as shopping tote bags, paper bags, reusable mesh shopping bags, etc., count as a few examples.