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Items included and not included in Canada's ban on plastics

Items included and not included in Canada's ban on plastics
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On Wednesday, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the federal government’s ban on harmful single-use plastic items where there is evidence that they are found in the environment, are often not recycled and have readily available alternatives.

“Canadians see the effects of plastic pollution in their communities and waterways and they expect the Government to take action. Our Government is introducing a comprehensive plan to get to zero plastic waste,” said Wilkinson. “Our plan embraces the transition towards a circular economy, recycled-content standards and targets for recycling rates.”

Wilkinson went on to say that this is the start of the government’s longer-term plan to achieve zero waste by 2030.

Based on the criteria, here is a list of items covered by the proposed ban:

Checkout bags

Beverage six-pack rings


Stir sticks


Food packaging made from plastics that are difficult to recycle

Here is a list of items not covered:

Garbage bags

Milk bags

Cigarette filters

Items used in medical facilities

Disposable personal care items and their packaging

Beverage containers and lids

Contact lenses and packaging

Personal protective equipment

Snack food wrappers

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