THE prime minister of Canada (加拿大), Justin Trudeau, announced in early June that his country will stop using single-use plastic items starting in 2021. The banned items include eating utensils, straws, bags and stirrers. Plastic makers will be responsible for recycling these items.
Trudeau said getting plastic makers to recycle their own products, instead of having city governments do it, will make the ban more effective. He added that Canada is studying how the plastic ban in the European Union (歐盟) is faring to see what Canada should and should not copy.
The Canadian government said its people use 15 trillion plastic bags every year and 570 million straws every day. But the total recycling rate is under 10 percent.
(This article is published on Goodies on 24 June 2019)