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Reaction to Federal Single-Use Plastic Ban Regulations

VANCOUVER  — Today, the federal government announced the Single-Use Plastics Prohibition regulations, which bans the import and manufacture of certain versions of six single-use plastics by the end of this year, their sale by the end of next year and their export by the end of 2025. The six banned items include check out bags, straws, cutlery, foodservice ware, ring carriers and stir sticks that meet certain criteria outlined in the regulations.[1] Straws have exemptions identified to support persons with disabilities and other medical needs. In response, Greenpeace Canada’s Head of Oceans & Plastics campaign, Sarah King, said:

“The release of the regulations is a critical step forward, but we still aren’t even at the starting line. The OECD projects Canada to nearly double its 2019 plastic use by 2060 — and the world’s to nearly triple — and this ban is estimated to only cover less than 5 per cent of Canada’s 2019 total plastic waste generated. The government needs to shift into high gear by expanding the ban list and cutting overall plastic production. Relying on recycling for the other 95 per cent is a denial of the scope of the crisis.

Big Plastic and Big Oil continue to fight tooth and nail to keep us locked in this plastic-dependent downward spiral. But industry is losing in the court of public opinion while fuelling planetary crises, and government action must regulate through that lens. Greenpeace applauded the listing of plastic manufactured items under CEPA and the commitment to identify and ban problematic plastics in 2020, but things have worsened so much that this moment feels more desperate than congratulatory. Minister Guilbeault must hold firm against industry pressure and pivot towards accelerating the transition to plastic-free, zero-waste systems centred on reuse.”

ENDS

For more information, please contact:

Brandon Wei, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada

bwei@greenpeace.org; +1 778 772-6138

Sarah King, Head of Oceans & Plastics, Greenpeace Canada

sking@greenpeace.org; +1 778 227-6458

[1]  As defined under Applicability at https://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2021/2021-12-25/html/reg2-eng.html