single use plastic ban canada

Canada to ban single use plastics such as straws by 2021

Plastic bags, cutlery, and straws in Canada will soon be no more. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this morning that the government will soon be banning the use of single-use plastics—maybe as early as 2021.

The Federal government has yet to release a full list of products which will fall under the ban, but Trudeau said they 'll be following the lead of the European Union, which voted to ban single-use plastics by 2021 early last year.

That means our list will likely include throwaway items like plastic forks, knives, spoons, and chopsticks, cotton bud sticks, balloon sticks, straws, coffee stirrers, and polystyrene cups.

And of course, containers, including the ones made from black plastic.

The Province of Ontario had already announced it was looking into different methods of waste diversion, but it appears the initiative is finally going nationwide.

Holding manufacturers responsible for the collection and recycling of the plastic waste they produce will also be part of the federal government's strategy, said Trudeau.

That includes manufacturers of everything from bottles to the plastic contained in cell phones. 

According to Trudeau, the Federal government will be working with "provinces and territories and industry to establishing consistent standards." 

Lead photo by

Stock Snap


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Birds use disposable face mask to build nest high up in Mississauga tree

Massive fire totally destroys Toronto bakery known for its strudel and cinnamon buns

King and Bathurst will look a lot different once the Ontario Line is built

Ducklings are drowning in Toronto's harbour and it's so easy to save them

Ontario is on track to enter Step 2 soon and here's what will reopen

This is what the new subway station and condos at Queen and Spadina will look like

What is the notwithstanding clause and why did Doug Ford just invoke it in Ontario?

This is what to do with household items that Toronto can't recycle