Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to ban single-use plastics by 2021

Recently, the European Parliament voted in favour of a complete ban on single-use plastics in the EU market by 2021. The plastics banned include bags, cutlery, cotton swabs, straws and stirrers. 

The Broadbent Institute congratulates the European Union for this bold step to reduce plastic waste, and calls on Prime Minister Trudeau to follow suit.

Plastic waste is choking our oceans, threatening to outweigh the amount of fish by 2050 if nothing is done1. Recent studies show microplastics are in our bodies. It’s only a matter of time before we discover resulting health impacts2.

Here in Canada, we have a long way to go when it comes to the phasing out of single-use plastics. We generate about 3.25 million tons of plastic waste every year3. 1.6 billion coffee cups sit in Canada’s landfills4. And Canadians throw out about 57 million plastic straws a day5.

Canada needs leadership. Join us in calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to follow the European Union’s lead and completely ban these plastics by 2021.


1. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/06/11/single-use-plastics-canada_a_23456208/ 

2. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/nine-different-plastics-found-in-human-stools-research-shows-1.3673256

3. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/06/11/single-use-plastics-canada_a_23456208/

4. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/coffee-cup-recycling-fee-1.3274510

5. https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/optional-straws-at-restaurants-part-of-vancouver-s-plastic-reduction-plan-1.3871650