Plastics are some of the most damaging pollutants to the environment. By 2021, the Canadian government seeks to solve this issue by bannings single-use plastics. That means that the 3 million tonnes of plastic waste that typically litter the garbage dumps of the nation will decrease dramatically. By 2030, they plan on achieving zero plastic waste. This way, the country will protect wildlife, water, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gases.
A lot of fast-food businesses will feel the effects of this change. Among the items being banned are plastic checkout bags, plastic straws, coffee stirring sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and food ware made from plastics. Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, announced this as the first step the country is taking towards the goal of being free from plastic casings entirely by 2030.
The Canadian government is also hoping to require recycled content in all products and packaging from the nation. Thus, recycling infrastructure will become standardized as well as generate innovation in technology and product design. With plastics finally out of the way, maybe the world can commit to making the earth a safer, longer-lasting place to live.