Canada to stop using single-use plastics by 2021!

Canada to stop using single-use plastics by 2021!
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In an effort to reduce its toxic waste, Canada has announced that it will soon put a total ban on the use of single-use plastics. The country produces a waste of more than 3 million plastics in a year. After the controversy surrounding the Philippines blaming Canada for its garbage containers, the Canadian government has become super-active to bring the containers back to the country and dispose them off!

However, the Trudeau government isn’t stopping there. It is following the EU model’s strategy to stop the usage of plastics in the country, as early as the beginning of 2021. The model also included a ban on the use of oxo-degradable plastics—it includes supplements that remain in the environment as tiny pieces.

As per certain sources, Canada uses more than 15 million bags in a year, and not half of them are disposed off, or recycled in the country. Now that China has stopped importing plastic for recycling, Canada can’t even get 5 percent of its plastic recycled.

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau also announced about his government led Ocean Plastics Charter at G7 Summit in Charlevoix. It clearly exhibits Canada’s fight against global warming and pollution. The charter was signed by many first-world nations such as the U.K, France, and Italy.

“Canadians know first-hand the impacts of plastic pollution, and are tired of seeing their beaches, parks, streets, and shorelines littered with plastic waste,” Trudeau stated. “We owe it to our kids to keep the environment clean and safe for generations to come.”

The plastic ban announcement includes limited or no use of products such as plastic straws, cotton swabs, stir sticks, plates, cutlery, and plastic bags. However, people with certain disabilities do need straws, along with other commodities such as plastic gloves and packaging. Government has decided to consult the public about it.

A formal action to ban the plastics hasn’t been taken by the government yet but it will soon be enforced and strictly.

Even though Canada has taken an impressive step to fight climate change and plastic pollution, it is not the only country to implement such measures.

Plastic is being used in almost every country in the world. The saddest thing about plastic usage is that unlike many other products, it doesn’t degrade. That is why it is the responsibility of every citizen on the planet to reduce or limit the use of this product.

Every day we see animals and aquatic organisms dying of getting caught in the plastic bags. The best way to cure the use of plastic is to not use it at all, and we can only hope that this happens soon.