Canada bans plastic straws, bags, and cutlery
"Plastic bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and polystyrene take-out containers will all be banned through out our Government’s comprehensive plan to achieve #ZeroPlasticWaste by 2030," Environment Secretary Jonathan Wilkinson said in a Twitter video on Wednesday.
The ban fulfills one of the promises made by the Trudeau government during the 2019 elections and is part of Ottawa's plan to tackle plastic pollution.
According to the Canadian Ministry of the Environment, Canadians throw away three million tons of plastic every year, of which only 9% is recycled.
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