Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has announced that they will ban harmful single-use plastics as soon as 2021. This will be an effort to lessen ocean waste.
Last year, the European Union and other nations passed legislation against harmful plastic. In similar way, this initiative taken by Canadian government is representing the same.
Recently, less than 10% of plastic used in Canada gets recycled. They will also set targets for those companies who manufacture or sell plastics to be accountable for their plastic waste.
According to the United Nations, in May, 180 countries came to deal through to lessen the amount of plastic. This wastes ends up in the world’s oceans where it can harm fish, sea turtles, whales and other wildlife. These marine animals can become tangled in larger plastics, especially in cord, nets and ropes from fishing.
According to study released by the UK, European and North American countries produce a lot of plastic waste dispose per annum. Their management of that waste limits the collision of that product on the ocean compared to other areas.
Yet, the government has to decide which single-use plastic products will be included on the list. However, it could target plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks. Every year, about 3m tonnes of plastic waste is dumped away in the country.
On Monday, the Canadian government also passed a bill that will ban the wild capture, captivity, and breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the country.
Canada is also joining a hand with other countries in banning and keeping such creatures solely in captivity for commercial uses.