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Canadian News Jun 20, 2022 6:02 PM EST

Trudeau Liberals begin countdown to ending use of single-use plastics

Plastic bans were first promised in June 2019 by Justin Trudeau, who said that his government would phase out the use of plastics by the end of the decade.

Trudeau Liberals begin countdown to ending use of single-use plastics
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said that Canada will ban the importing of certain single-use containers and goods by the year's end, with bans for the end of next year already planned.

Canada will also be banning the export of goods, including plastic bags and styrofoam takeout containers, by 2025.

Guilbeault will publish the final regulations enacting the ban today, reports CTV News.

The new law will also ban plastic straws, cutlery, stir sticks, six pack rings, bottles, and bags, though some exceptions may be made for straws for those with disabilities.

Plastic bans were first promised in June 2019 by Justin Trudeau, who said that his government would phase out the use of plastics by the end of the decade.

The ban was planned for 2021, but it was later determined that this deadline would be hard to meet due to several factors including the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Trudeau Liberals have said that Cabinet must consider penalties to eliminate plastic waste.

Cabinet on May 12 listed "all plastic manufactured items" including toys, textiles, kitchen appliances, carpets, bottling and packaging as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

A coalition of oil and chemical companies has challenged the order in Federal Court as "wrong in law" and "based on conjecture, not evidence."

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