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Banning Single Use Plastics; Environmental or Political Decision?

Tue, Jun 25, 2019
Up to 95 per cent of all plastic found in the world’s oceans comes from just 10 source rivers, which are all in the developing world. Single-use items: plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, stir sticks, takeout packaging, cups, and cigarette butts. The proposed Liberal plan would kick off in 2021 —curbing litter and also cutting nearly 2 million tons of carbon pollution. They claim the policy would also stimulate the economy by creating 42,000 jobs.
 
Single use plastic items are in the crosshairs of the federal government with a proposed ban to be in place by 2021. While plastics appears to be the environmental boogeyman, will it result in tangible benefits? Prime Minister Trudeau made the policy announcement earlier this month. Environmental groups applauded the move while the Conservative saw it as a distraction from the issues that have been dragging down the Liberals. This is far from new in the Western world. Who hasn’t seen those plastic bags snagged in trees or blowing across a parking lot like tumbleweeds? The plastic straw became a symbol for all that is wrong with single use products when a video was uploaded of a sea turtle having one removed from its nostril. More than 33 million YouTube views and counting. It’s hard to argue with that evidence. 
 
 
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