Canada announces the ban on 6 plastic items. The regulations will prohibit the manufacture, import, sale, and export of six single-use plastic items.
- Checkout bags
- Foodservice ware made from or containing problematic plastics that are hard to recycle
- Ring carriers
- Stir sticks
- Straws (with some exceptions)
The prohibition on the manufacture and import of checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, straws (not packaged with a beverage container), and stir sticks will comes into effect as of December 20, 2022, and the prohibition on the sale of these items will be effective as of December 20, 2023, to allow businesses to deplete existing stock.
A ban on ring carrier manufacturing and import is effective as of June 20, 2023. And a ban on the sale of ring carriers and straws packaged with beverage containers (e.g. juice boxes) will come into effect as of June 20, 2024. The regulations include an exemption for the use of plastic straws for people who require them for medical or accessibility reasons.