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Top 10 things you need to know about Canada's new single-use plastic ban

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

  1. The single-use plastic ban prohibits the manufacture, import, and sale of certain types of single-use plastic items in Canada.

  2. The ban applies to six types of plastic items: straws, stir sticks, six types of cutlery, plates, take-out containers, and single-use bags.

  3. The ban applies to all industries, including retail, food service, and manufacturing.

  4. The ban does not apply to multi-use plastic items, such as reusable bags, containers, and water bottles.

  5. The ban is intended to reduce plastic waste and protect the environment.

  6. The ban may create economic opportunities for companies that manufacture reusable and biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastic.

  7. The ban will help to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals that can leach into food and drinks from single-use plastic items.

  8. There may be higher costs for businesses and consumers as a result of the ban due to the use of more expensive reusable and biodegradable alternatives.

  9. Ensuring compliance with the ban may require additional regulatory oversight and resources.

  10. Public acceptance of the ban and the adoption of reusable and biodegradable alternatives may require education and outreach efforts.

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