Trudeau announces Canadian ban on ‘harmful’ single-use plastics

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Canada is taking steps to ban “harmful” single-use plastics by 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, making the country the latest to join a growing movement around the world to halt the use of materials deemed damaging to the planet.

Speaking at a nature reserve in Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Trudeau said that while an exact list of items that will be covered by the ban has not been determined, it will be “grounded in science.” A government statement said that it could include such items as bags, straws, plates, cutlery and stir sticks…

… Canada is not alone in trying to clamp down on plastic pollution. Its move follows those of the European Parliament, which voted this year to ban several single-use plastic products.

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