Canadian PM announces single-use plastic items ban by 2021

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday the country would terminate the use of several single-use plastic items by the year 2021. The product list is yet to be released but it is understood plastic straws, plastic bags, stirring sticks and cutlery could be banned to cut harmful waste that is damaging the ecosystems.

Trudeau said plastic waste is littering the beaches, the parks and is polluting the lakes, river and oceans.

As of now not even 10 percent of the total plastic used is being recycled and if the trend continues the country would throw about $11 billion worth of plastic products each year by the year 2030.

A government data reveals at least 100,000 sea mammals across the world either lose their lives or are injured each year by mistakenly eating plastic for food.

A similar move was taken by the European Parliament last March to ban single-use plastic items and increase the recycle efficiency of plastic beverage bottles to 90 percent by 2029.

Last month United Kingdom too announced ban of plastic products by 2020 as each year 316 million plastic stirrers and 4.7 billion plastic straws are used in the country.

Trudeau said plastic waste is littering the beaches, the parks and is polluting the lakes, river and oceans.

A data earlier released by the European Commission reveals ocean litter accounts to 80 percent of plastics.

Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna said fish, whales, sea turtles and other wildlife are dying due to plastic dump and so it is a time to act.

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