Canada’s Federal Government are considering banning certain types of single use plastics for which there is evidence of available alternatives. Examples include plastic check out bags, straws, stir sticks, six pack rings, cutlery and food. In support of the proposed changes, the Environment and Climate Change Minister state that:
“Smart, clear and collaborative regulations will help drive innovation across the country as reusable and easier-to-recycle items take their place in our economy.”
It is possible that the list of single use plastics may increase as the laws develop.
At this point, the legislation is proposed and is not yet governing law. However, it is anticipated to be adopted. The proposed legislation treats use, sale, manufacturing, importation and exportation of single use plastics somewhat differently. As such, care must be taken in the interpretation and application of the legislation.
Businesses that use or deal in single use plastics would be well advised to prepare for the new laws.
If you would like strategies on how to best prepare your business, reach out to us at Froese Law.