Canada to ban six categories of single-use plastics

The Government of Canada yesterday (21 December) published draft regulations for a ban on six categories of single-use plastic. The regulations, the government says, could prevent more than 23,000 tonnes of plastic pollution from entering the environment over a ten-year period.

The ban would prohibit the manufacture, import, and sale of checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware made from or containing problematic plastics, ring carriers, stirrers, and straws. The proposed prohibition on straws, however, will be subject to a number of exemptions to accommodate people with certain disabilities and those who need them for medical reasons.

If approved, the regulations would come into force as early as late 2022. Draft guidance will soon be published, assisting Canadian businesses in adapting to the requirements of the proposed regulations.