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Available Expert - Federal Government pledges to ban single use plastics by 2021

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Queen’s University expert Myra Hird is available to comment on Federal government’s plan to ban single use plastics by the end of 2021. The plastics to be banned include grocery bags, straws, take out containers, six pack rings, cutlery and stir sticks.

John Wilkinson, Federal Environment Minister, says when the national ban comes into effect, local stores will be providing consumers with alternatives to these plastic products, like reusable or paper bags in place of plastic.

 According to a Canadian environmental assessment report, in 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic garbage--the equivalent of about 2.3 billion single-use plastic water bottles — ended up as litter in Canada on beaches, in parks, in lakes and even in the air.

How this will be implemented, though, has not been finalized.

“The devil is in the details - what are single-use plastics going to be replaced by?” says Dr.Hird.

To arrange an interview, please contact media relations officers Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Julie Brown (343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca)

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