The Canadian Government has announced an ambitious plan to ban single-use plastic items, such as straws, bags and cutlery, as early as 2021.
The new plan, outlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, includes a suite of other steps that will aim to reduce pollution from plastic packaging and products.
The plan will also see the Federal Government work with provinces and territories to introduce a standardised target for companies that manufacture plastic items to increase transparency and reduce waste.
“Our government intends to ban harmful single-use plastic products where science warrants it, and why we’re working with partners across Canada and around the world to reduce plastic pollution,” Mr Trudeau said in a statement earlier this week.
Currently less than 10 per cent of plastic used in Canada is recycling, with the country sending nearly $12 billion in plastic waste to landfill.
The announcement by the Canadian Government comes months after a similar motion was passed by the European Parliament that will see single-use plastic items banned in Europe by 2021.