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Canada to Ban Single-Use Plastic by 2021

HeadlineJun 11, 2019

Canada will ban many common single-use plastic items by 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the plan Monday, which follows similar moves by the European Union and the U.K. in recent months. Plastic straws, cotton swabs, cutlery and some plastic bags are on the list of soon-to-be-banned single-use products. Under Canada’s plan, companies that manufacture or sell plastic products or products packaged in plastic will be responsible for the collection and recycling of their plastic waste. Only around 9% of plastic is recycled, and the U.N. estimates there are 100 million tons of plastic waste in the world’s oceans.

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