In November, environment ministers including McKenna finalized a strategy on Zero Plastic Waste that identified single-use plastics as one of the 10 priority "areas for actions". Roughly one-third of Canada's plastics are either for short-lived packaging and products or single-use.
Christina Seidel of the Recycling Council of Alberta said she was concerned the "science" requirement for single-use bans could become an excuse not to ban different items.
The products targeted could include such single-use items as drinking straws, water bottles, plastic bags, cutlery, stir sticks and fast food containers.
In Canada, more than 3 million tons of plastic are thrown away annually, adding up to $8 billion being spent on plastic that's just put in the trash every year, according to the press release on the prime minister's website. Recently Europea Union banned more than 10 types of plastics which mostly ended up in the ocean.More news: Fears of rising tensions between Iran and U.S. after oil tankers attacked
"Taking these steps will help create tens of thousands of middle-class jobs and make our economy even stronger-while protecting fish, whales, and other wildlife, and preserving the places we love".
"In rejecting those amendments, Prime Minister Trudeau has turned his back on the energy and industrial sectors that employ hundreds of thousands of Canadians and generate wealth that benefits the entire nation", Moe said.
She said her organization wants to be involved in the process to ensure bans are imposed only where there are "viable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable alternatives".
"Since our event at the Fox with the Water Brothers, we've been overwhelmed by the many calls to tackle plastic pollution, including from students across our east end community", he said. To achieve this goal, governments and businesses across Canada will work have to work closely together.More news: Spotify rolls out new Your Library to showcase podcasts
Trudeau also revealed plans to make companies that manufacture or sell plastic products to take responsibility for recycling their plastic waste.
In Canada's largest city, Toronto, many residents endorsed the government's move.
A recent report done by Deloitte and ChemInfo Services for Environment and Climate Change Canada found a 90-per-cent plastics recycling rate in Canada could create 42,000 jobs.
The proposals are expected and are generally supported by the sector, which is seeing a five-year high in capital spending this year thanks in part to incentive programs by federal and provincial governments, said Isabelle Des Chenes, executive vice-president of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. The Conservatives have promised to release their policy in the current month.More news: Lucas Torreira finding life "very difficult" in England