Single-use plastics that will be banned include grocery checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, plastic cutlery and food takeout containers.
The ban was first proposed last year and still has to go through the government’s regulatory process. Canada is also developing new standards to require plastic items to contain a minimum amount of recycled material.
Canada is moving towards banning single-use plastics like straws, grocery bags and cutlery at 2021’s end as part of a plan to eliminate all plastic waste in 2030. CTV News reports.
Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Wednesday provided information on the next steps towards its plan to get rid of plastics. He also unveiled the list of products to be banned as environmentally harmful and that have options readily available.
Are forks banned in Canada?
Canada is also developing new standards to require plastic items to contain a minimum amount of recycled material.
Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental problems the world is currently facing.
More than 8 million tons of plastic waste makes its way into the oceans every year, killing millions of animals including birds, fish and other marine life. Plastic production increased from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons by 2015, and production is expected to double by 2050.
Canada’s plastic fork ban explained
In October of 2020 plans to ban completely single-use plastics were announced. They plan to achieve this by the end 2021.
Environmental and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has announced this in the context of their strategy to reduce the amount of plastic waste by 2030. Wilkinson declared: “When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic product.”
The list of items banned are plastic bags, stirring sticks, racks with six packs plastic utensils, a few containers for food, and straws made of plastic.
Canada’s fork fight history debunked
In the popular TikTok video the creator of the video says: “One weird fact about Canada Forks, as the name suggests are a crime in Canada. They are not sold in retail stores, however, they aren’t available on Amazon too. This is all due to. The Great Canadian Fork Fight of 1812.”
They then show an article that explains The Great Canadian Fork Fight. It is, however, an fake website.
There was never a fork fight in Canada and TikTok is believed to be an apex of a scam.