Plastic Bags Ontario Law

26 Νοεμβρίου 2022 Χωρίς κατηγορία

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first promised in June 2019 that his government would phase out the production and use of hard-to-recycle plastic items with the goal of eliminating plastic waste by the end of the decade. Left: A plastic bottle floats in the Adriatic Sea on the island of Mljet, Croatia, May 30, 2018. Image taken on May 30, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic – RC1287030070 “It`s a drop in the ocean,” she says. “Until the government is serious about reducing plastic production across the board, we won`t see the impact we need to see in the environment or in our waste streams. Wednesday`s announcement includes a proposal to establish recycling requirements in products and packaging, which the federal government says will spur investments in recycling infrastructure and technological innovation to extend the life of plastics to keep them in the economy and out of the environment longer. In addition to bags and takeaway boxes, the ban applies to straws, bags, cutlery, stirrers and rings of six packs containing plastic cans and bottles. As committed to last year and reiterated in the Liberals` Speech from the Throne in September, the government is moving forward with banning certain “harmful” single-use plastics that are constantly present in the environment and for which there are readily available alternatives, and is finding ways to ensure that more plastic is recycled. Deloitte`s report found that part of the problem is the limited demand for recycled plastic. Canada intends to adopt standards to force companies to use recycled plastic to increase recycling. The orders are part of a broader federal and provincial government initiative to eliminate the plastic waste stream by 2030, as outlined in the Environment Department`s Zero Plastic Waste Strategy [PDF] and the Ocean Plastics Charter. People leave a grocery store with plastic bags in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.

The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette King said the six items on the list represent only about five per cent of the plastic waste generated by Canada in 2019. Wilkinson also pledged $2 million for a plastic waste prevention initiative for 14 Canadian-led projects. Canada said in 2020 that it intends to set binding standards for the amount of recyclable plastic in products and packaging, adding that it wants to introduce new rules within 24 months. (reut.rs/3tNjLQ0) Checkout bags, cutlery, straws, food service products, stirrers The ban applies to single-use plastics, including cash registers, cutlery, foodservice products made from or with hard-to-recycle plastic, ring holders, stirrers and straws, the Canadian government said in a statement. Federal Conservatives described the announcement as a “desperate” attempt to fulfill an election promise and raised concerns about the cost of replacing some single-use plastics commonly used in facilities such as long-term care homes. M. Guilbeault acknowledged that Canada is not the first country to ban plastics, but insists it is among the leaders. He said that while other items could be added to the list at the end, he doesn`t think “we can ban our exit from plastic pollution.” A study published by Environment and Climate Change Canada in 2019 found that 3.3 million tonnes of plastic were thrown away, nearly half of which was plastic packaging.

Less than one-tenth of this amount was recycled. Most plastic ended up in landfills, where it will take hundreds of years to decompose. [1] Problematic plastics include expanded or extruded polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, oxo-degradable plastic or black plastic with carbon black as per federal technical guidelines. Restaurants Canada, a not-for-profit organization that represents Canada`s foodservice industry, says it will push for policies that “avoid an undue burden on businesses that continue to rely on single-use items to protect the health and safety of employees and customers.” Restobiz, which covers Canadian restaurant and food news, notes that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic complicates matters, but the ban shouldn`t be too troubling for the industry — restaurants across the country, including big players like Loblaws and Tim Hortons, began sourcing new plastic-free utensils and straws in 2019 after the ban was initially proposed. They pointed out that many industry players are preparing and switching to plastic-free utensils and containers since the ban was first announced in July 2019. “At the end of the day, Canadians expect us as governments to take action on an issue they know is important. and to be honest, Canadians are way ahead of their governments on plastic, they`ve been calling for this kind of action for a long time,” he said. More than 35 countries have banned plastics, including France, the United Kingdom and Bangladesh. Since 2017, Kenya has had the strictest plastic ban in the world: anyone who sells, manufactures or uses plastic bags faces up to four years in jail or a fine of US$40,000. The federal New Democrats and Greens have said they support the Liberals` plan to ban plastics and recycle more, saying they have been pushing for some time.

People with disabilities also claim that banning plastic straws would leave people with reduced mobility with no better alternative. Instead of a complete ban on items like plastic straws that some people with disabilities need, some restaurant owners and other places that serve beverages have urged them to continue stockpiling plastic straws so that people who request them can continue to access them. However, due to the pandemic and ongoing health restrictions, many restaurants have had to switch to takeout and provide customers with plastic cutlery, and it remains to be seen what financial impact this impending ban will have on these businesses. OTTAWA — Under the new list of single-use plastics banned in Canada, plastic bags, straws, stirrers, six-pack rings, cutlery and food containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics will no longer be used nationally by the end of 2021. The France, which banned most items on Canada`s list last year, banned plastic packaging for more than 30 fruits and vegetables this year. It is also banning plastic wrap on newspapers, non-biodegradable plastic in tea bags, and free plastic toys distributed to children with fast food meals. The German government has set a target of achieving at least 50% recycled content in plastic products by 2030. “After three years of committing to tackling plastic waste and pollution and developing a strategy that moves Canada towards zero plastic waste, the federal government has instead continued to rely heavily on the myth of recycling and the absolute minimum ban list,” said Sarah King, Director of the Oceans and Plastics Campaign at Greenpeace Canada. The plastic ban is set out in Canada`s Environmental Protection Act (one of the country`s most important laws to protect the environment), which requires a scientific assessment of the risks that a substance or material may pose to the environment and to human life and health.

Greek EL English EN French FR German DE