Government of Canada to Ban Single-use Plastics

Taking effect in December 2022, the Government of Canada will place a ban on the manufacture and import of single-use plastics, including:

  • checkout bags;
  • cutlery;
  • foodservice ware made from or containing problematic plastics that are hard to recycle;
  • ring carriers;
  • stir sticks; and
  • straws (with some exceptions).

“We are focused on protecting the health of those who live in Canada, while improving our environment. We know that plastic pollution can be found in outdoor air, food and drinking water, so by addressing this, we will improve health outcomes for all Canadians. These new regulations mark a turning point for Canada. We are taking strong action to protect the environment, creating cleaner and healthier communities across the country” says The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health.

Businesses in Canada will have until December 2023 to transition and deplete their existing stock.

These new regulations are expected to eliminate over 1.3 million tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastic waste and more than 22,000 tonnes of plastic pollution over the next decade — the equivalent of over a million garbage bags full of litter.

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