Canada is taking a huge step toward creating a more sustainable future by planning to ban harmful single-use plastics by the end of 2021. This includes checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and food ware made from hard-to-recycle plastics. The nation’s ultimate goal is to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.
Canadian Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a news conference Wednesday, “Plastic pollution threatens our natural environment. It fills our rivers or lakes, and most particularly our oceans, choking the wildlife that lives there. Canadians see the impact that pollution has from coast to coast to coast.”