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Canada Seeks to Ban Single-use Plastics by 2021

The ban is part of a larger strategy for the Canadian government to tackle the plastics pollution problem.

Canada’s government is looking to ban single-use plastics beginning in 2021, according to a CBC News report.

The full list of plastics to be banned by the federal government will follow the model chosen by the European Union, which voted in March to ban products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags, the report notes. In addition, fast-food containers and cups made of expanded polystyrene also will be banned.

At the G7 in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, last June, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada-led Ocean Plastics Charter. According to CBC News, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and the European Union immediately signed on to find ways to deal with marine plastics pollution.

CBC News has more information:

The Trudeau government will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, CBC News has learned from a government source.

Plastic straws, cotton swabs, drink stirrers, plates, cutlery and balloon sticks are just some of the single-use plastics that will be banned in Canada, according to the source.

This is part of a larger strategy to tackle the plastic pollution problem that the government is expected to announce Monday.

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