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CANADA plans to ban some single-use plastics like straws, bags and cutlery by early 2021 to reduce non-recyclable waste and protect the world's oceans, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday. The move announced by Trudeau also signals the will by the federal government to retake the leading role that, as a national government, it should play regarding environmental matters, since already some cities, including Montreal, have been adopting policies created to curtail the use of plastic bags, for instance.

Less than 10 per cent of plastics used in Canada are now recycled, he said.

China banned the import of plastic waste previous year, causing other Southeast Asian nations to become new destinations. The list will be refined based on further scientific research between now and 2021.

"To be honest, as a dad, it's tough trying to explain this to my kids". Trudeau said, "People have had enough of seeing their parks and beaches covered with plastic".

"Taking these steps will help create tens of thousands of middle-class jobs and make our economy even stronger-while protecting fish, whales, and other wildlife, and preserving the places we love". The problem here is to find the right replacement, some stores have provided more durable bags that can be carried with you when shopping, but the question remains for the occasional shoppers who, after finish working decide to take something home: how are they going to carry their groceries?

The environment is shaping up as an issue in Canadian legislative elections set for October.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer shrugged it off as another empty announcement devoid of specifics and without any information on the implications for prices for consumers or for jobs in the plastics industry.

The initiative includes requiring manufacturers of plastics to be responsible for the entire life cycle of their products.


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

Outside of social media users, MPs also appear to have joined in on the trolling, with Rachael Harder posting the following on Instagram.

Mr Trudeau said his government was drawing inspiration from a ban proposed by the EU Parliament. The federal NDP's environmental plan was released over a week ago, promising to ban single-use plastics by 2022.

But Trudeau said a "national solution" was needed.

The federal government estimates that about a third of all plastic used in Canada is for single-use or short-term products such as straws and packaging, and that Canadians use some 15 billion plastic bags a year and 57 million plastic straws a day. This represents up to C$ 8 billion per year in lost value and wastes valuable resources and energy.

NDP MP Gord Johns, whose motion calling for a national strategy to combat plastic pollution passed with unanimous support in December, said the Liberals' move is a good beginning but it is not a full strategy to get to zero plastic waste.

Canada has the longest coastline in the world and is home to one-quarter of the world's freshwater, Trudeau points out.

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