Justin Trudeau Outlaws Plastic Straws

Justin Trudeau Outlaws Plastic Straws

Canada continued its autocratic streak on Monday by banning plastic bags and straws.

“We promised to ban harmful single-use plastics, and we’re keeping that promise,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on social media. “The ban on the making and importing of plastic bags, cutlery, straws and other items comes into effect in December 2022 — and selling these items is prohibited as of December 2023.”

The ban extends to plastic checkout bags, cutlery, stir sticks, and straws with “some exceptions,” according to a press release, which notes that the provision will prevent 1.3 million tonnes of plastic waste over the next decade.

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“By the end of the year, you won’t be able to manufacture or import these harmful plastics,” Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault

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