Several major plastic manufacturers are suing the Trudeau government for implementing a ban on several single-use plastics.
The $29 billion industry is already suing the government for classifying the plastic as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The new lawsuit hopes to prevent the impending ban and allow the sale of single-use plastic products to continue.
The lawsuit was brought by a coalition of plastic manufacturers, including DOW and NOVA Chemicals, and a few small packaging companies based in Ontario and the United States.
In June, the Trudeau government unveiled details of its commitment to ban certain single-use plastic items as part of its efforts to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.
The government will ban six common plastic products: single-use cutlery, stir sticks, straws, polystyrene food containers, six-pack rings and checkout bags.
“It is prohibited to manufacture or import single-use plastic checkout bags, single-use plastic cutlery, single-use plastic catering utensils or single-use plastic stir sticks. staff wrote in a report “Single-use plastic ban regulations”.
“Canada cannot achieve its goal of zero plastic waste without the participation of all Canadian households, businesses and institutions. wrote the staff.
Enforcement of the new regulations will include “site visits, review of records, testing of reusable products (if applicable) and review of written transit documents,” the report said. “The following responses are available to deal with alleged violations: warnings, directions, tickets, ministerial orders, environmental protection compliance orders, injunctions and prosecutions.”
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault’s office has offered Canadians advice on how to comply with the government’s ban on single-use plastics, including using alternatives such as plastic cutlery wood, paper straws and beverage containers designed for immediate consumption.
“Encouraging customers to bring their own containers or developing a deposit and refund system are options that would reduce the amount of single-use plastic food packaging and catering tableware.” wrote the staff in ‘Guidance for Selecting Alternatives to Single-use Plastics’.
“Another option is to engage with local recycling facilities to determine which plastics are recyclable,” the guide says. “Some alternatives may be plant-based or fiber-based.” wrote the report.
A 2011 research paper produced by the Northern Ireland Assembly found that “it takes more than four times as much energy to make a paper bag as it does to make a plastic bag”.
“30,000 cotton bags can be packed in a 20ft container, but the same container will be able to hold 2.5 million plastic bags. Therefore, to transport the same number of jute or cotton sacks would require 80x more ships than for plastic sacks, using 80x more fuel, using 80x more road space and emitting 80x more CO2. wrote the paper.