Canada May Ban Single-Use Plastic Nationwide Starting In 2021

June 11, 2019

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, June 10, that the country may ban "harmful" single-use plastics nationwide starting in 2021 in an effort to protect the environment and encourage economic growth, according to The Toronto Star. Trudeau said the specific products that would be banned would be determined via scientific research and analysis, and companies would need to fund recycling for the products they manufacture.

Retailers and manufacturers involved in plastics said the proposal could raise prices and make it more difficult for small businesses to succeed, The Toronto Star reported in a separate article.