Canada looks to ban single-use plastics by 2021


Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E) – Following the European Union and other nation’s paths, Canada will look to ban single-use plastics by 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.

Less than 10 percent of the nation’s plastic currently gets recycled, leading to problems such as ocean waste.

Companies that manufacture or sell plastics will be responsible for their plastic waste via targets established by the government.

The issue is a a “global challenge”, according to Trudeau, whose government may target plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks.

Fish, sea turtles and whales are among the wildlife that are harmed by ocean waste and some marine animals can even be hurt or killed by getting caught up in cord, nets and ropes from fishing.

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