People around the world are becoming aware of the massive problem caused by plastic products, especially single-use plastics.
Trudeau made the announcement during a stop at the Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St-Hilaire, just outside Montreal, on Monday.
In making its announcement on Monday, the Canadian government acknowledged the country's unique worldwide role in curbing production of single-use plastics: "With the longest coastline in the world and one-quarter of the world's freshwater, Canada has a unique responsibility - and opportunity - to lead in reducing plastic pollution", the government said in its announcement. Without a change in course, Canadians will throw away an estimated 11 billion Canadian dollars (about 8.2 billion USA dollars) worth of plastic materials each year by 2030.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that the government is looking at different options to limit the use of single-use plastics and make plastic producers responsible for the collection and recycling of their products under new regulations. "We owe it to our planet, and to our kids". Officials estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws and 316 million plastic stirrers are used in England every year.
Roughly 13 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean, where it kills almost 100,000 marine animals each year, according to the United Nations.More news: United States 13 Thailand 0: Morgan's fantastic five inspires record-breaking rout
He uses Styrofoam soup cups and plastic utensils, but plans to switch to paper products, which cost more, he said. On Saturday, World Oceans Day, bans on plastic bags and straws took effect in British Columbia in Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island.
Exactly which types of plastics will be targeted will be a science-based decision, Trudeau said.
Less than 10% of plastics are now recycled in Canada.
It will also give businesses time to adjust.
"I want to save the environment". The initiative will also include targets for companies that manufacture or sell plastic products to responsibly dispose of their waste. If new laws had to be put on the books, the federal Liberal government would not have time to introduce them until after this October's election, should they be re-elected.More news: Fiat Teams With Silicon Valley's Aurora on Self-Driving Tech
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also leery of the proposals, with president Dan Kelly asking for a "thorough economic impact assessment" before anything is banned.
Canada recently became entangled in a political dispute with the Philippines over 1,500 tons of household waste - mislabeled as recyclable plastics - shipped to Southeast Asia in 2013 and 2014.
USA states and cities are also banning various forms of plastic, with Hawaii and ME recently cracking down on polystyrene, the lightweight packaging known by the brand name Styrofoam.
"With eight million tonnes of plastic pollution entering the oceans around the world every years, plastics are on track to outweigh fish by 2050", Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, said at a June 10 press conference at the Vancouver Aquarium.More news: 'Nexus' between Kim Jong-un and Central Intelligence Agency