Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the federal government’s next steps towards its plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.
Citing the need to consult, the government will be soliciting feedback on a “discussion paper” until Dec. 9.
The finalized new regulations wouldn’t come into effect until the end of 2021.
In the spring, Wilkinson signalled that the ban on single-use plastics may be delayed because of the pandemic.
Recognizing the ongoing need for single-use plastic personal protective equipment items like face shields, the federal government says the ban will not impact access to PPE, or other plastics used in medical facilities.
The federal government has a target of at least 50 per cent recycled content in plastic products by 2030.
Similarly, the Alberta government was not impressed with the announcement, despite that government’s stated desire to become a recycling hub. »