Liberal government reveals plan to ban all single-use plastics as early as 2021

Less than 10% of plastic used in Canada gets recycled

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just announced its plan to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021.

Trudeau made the announcement yesterday in Mont St-Hilaire, which is a nature reserve south of Montreal. The government is set to conduct scientific evidence-based research to determine the best course of action, as details about how a ban would be implemented are still unknown. The products will likely include single-use items like drinking straws, plastic bags, water bottles, cutlery, and fast food containers.

Trudeau explained that action is needed, as plastic is overflowing in landfills and continues polluting oceans and waterways. Less than 10 per cent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled, according to City News, and if we don’t change our current habits, Canadians will discard a whopping $11 billion worth of plastic items by 2030.