Canada banning plastic bags, straws, cutlery, and other single-use items by the end of 2021

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Rachel AielloOttawa News Bureau Online Producer

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2020 9:36AM EDT, Last Updated Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:35PM EDT

OTTAWA — Under the newly-unveiled list of single-use plastics being banned in Canada, plastic grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and food containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics will be out of use nationwide by the end of 2021.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the federal government’s next steps towards its plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.

“When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic products,” Wilkinson said, adding that he knows it’s hard to come back from a trip to the grocery store without single-use plastic products, especially food packaging, but that “has to change.”