Straws, bags and other plastics will no longer be made in Canada

Published 2022-12-19 04:51

Some environmentalists say it’s not enough

The first phase of Canada’s single-use plastic ban starts tomorrow.

As of Dec. 20, the following single-use plastic items will no longer be allowed to be made to sell in Canada or be brought into Canada, including:

Despite the new rules, don’t expect plastic items to disappear from shelves and restaurants overnight.

Until next December, you can still buy these products.

Plastic rings that divide canned drinks will also be banned from manufacture and import as of June 20, 2023, and from sale as of June 2024.

However, the full ban won’t go into effect until 2025.

Until then, companies in Canada will be allowed to manufacture, import and sell the banned items for export (meaning for sale outside of Canada).

Why is the plastic ban happening?

In June this year, the Liberal government announced a target of zero plastic waste by 2030.

A politician stands behind a podium with a sign that says #BeatPlasticPollution on it. There is a sign with images of the items that are banned and those that are accepted.

Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s minister of Environment and Climate Change, makes an announcement on the country’s #BeatPlasticPollution campaign. (Image credit: Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

“Our government is all-in when it comes to reducing plastic pollution,” said Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s minister of Environment and Climate Change during a press conference in June.

Banned items only small part of overall plastic waste

According to the government’s own report, the six banned plastic items represent about three per cent of the total plastic waste created in Canada in 2019.

“It's a drop in the bucket,” said Sarah King of Greenpeace Canada in an interview with the Canadian Press in June.

“Until the government gets serious about overall reductions of plastic production, we're not going to see the impact we need to see in the environment or in our waste streams.”

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With files from Peter Zimonijic/CBC, Mia Rabson/The Canadian Press
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Jonathan Hayward, Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

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