Provincial green purveyors pleased with plastic ban, urge domino effect

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2019

Trudeau made the announcement at a nature preserve in Mont-Saint-Hilaire Monday morning. A government statement said that it could include such items as bags, straws, plates, cutlery and stir sticks.

Right. You could nearly see his handlers diving into the lake, en masse.

"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags?" he said.

"Canadians are exhausted of seeing our beaches, parks, streets, and shorelines littered with plastic waste", Trudeau said over Twitter.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced June 10 that his government will seek to ban "harmful" single-use plastics in the country by 2021 and make companies responsible for handling the waste from their plastic packaging or products.

Each year, a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals worldwide are injured or killed by becoming entangled in plastic or ingesting it through the food chain. Some plastics can take centuries to degrade.

Without a change in course, Canadians will throw away an estimated $11 billion worth of plastic materials each year by 2030.

The Conservatives released a statement Monday that does not necessarily oppose tackling plastic pollution, but that Monday's plan "leaves Canadians with more questions than answers".

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Public consultations will help determine which single-use plastics will be banned.

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the European Union signed on to the Ocean Plastics charter at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que., last June, agreeing to find ways to deal with marine plastics litter.

Less than 10 percent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled, according to the country's government.

He uses Styrofoam soup cups and plastic utensils, but plans to switch to paper products, which cost more, he said.

Trudeau said Canada's plan will "closely mirror" that of Europe. Its officials said the garbage was illegally transported and protested being treated like dumpsites by wealthier nations.

While Trudeau has declared it a top priority, a recent parliamentary report concluded Canada is doing too little to combat climate change, even as government scientists warned the country was warming at twice the global rate.

Nothing is going to be banned overnight, with the process to implement a federal ban or limitations on a product under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act usually taking two to four years.

The proposals are expected and are generally supported by the sector, which is seeing a five-year high in capital spending this year thanks in part to incentive programs by federal and provincial governments, said Isabelle Des Chenes, executive vice-president of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. The "tax on pollution", as the Trudeau government calls it, had been scaled-down to address concerns from the business community about competition and attracting overseas investment.

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