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Justin Trudeau Announces Canada's Intention to Ban Single-Use Plastic

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a stand against plastic pollution. On Monday, June 10, Trudeau announced that the Canadian government will be making a serious effort to reduce plastic waste in Canada — namely, by creating a plan to ban single-use plastics. That said, Canadians likely have some time before the country is completely free of unnecessary disposable plastics.

According to a press release on the prime minister's official website, Trudeau declared that the government will take steps "to reduce Canada’s plastic waste, support innovation, and promote the use of affordable and safe alternatives." The government has a goal to "ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021 ... where supported by scientific evidence and warranted, and take other steps to reduce pollution from plastic products and packaging."