Ottawa – Canada will ban “dangerous” disposables in early 2021 in an effort to reduce marine waste. As reported by the BBC , Monday (10/6), the announcement was delivered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
This initiative is modeled on a similar law passed in 2018 by the European Union and other countries.
Canada will also set a “target” for companies that produce or sell plastic to be responsible for their plastic waste. At present, less than 10% of the plastic used in Canada will be recycled.
Trudeau calls the problem of plastic pollution a “global challenge”.
In May, the United Nations said 180 countries reached an agreement to reduce the amount of plastic ending in the world’s oceans. The availability of plastic in the sea could endanger fish, turtles, whales and other wildlife.
Marine animals can get entangled in larger plastics, especially ropes, nets, and ropes from fishing.
While European and North American countries tend to produce a lot of plastic waste per capita. According to research in the UK, waste management limits the impact of these products on the oceans compared to other regions.
The Canadian government has not decided which disposable plastic products to include on the list but can target plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir. About 3 million tons of plastic waste is disposed of every year in this country.
“As parents, we are at the point when we take our children to the beach and we have to find a patch of sand that is not filled with straws, styrofoam or bottles. That’s a problem, something we have to do something,” Trudeau said.
In October 2018, the European Union voted for a total ban on various disposable plastics throughout the union in an effort to stop ocean pollution. The EU hopes the ban will take effect across the block by 2021.
European policies include the prohibition of eating utensils and plastic plates, cotton buds , straws, stirrers and balloon sticks and the reduction of disposable plastic for food and beverage containers such as plastic cups.