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On June 22, 2022 Canada published the Single Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations, to reduce the use of harmful plastics in Canada and prevent plastic pollution which threatens the environment.
Effective December 20th, 2022 Canada’s ban on the importation, manufacture and sale of 6 types of single use plastic items as defined in these regulations takes effect.
In this article we are going to explore the details about the ban on the importation of these products.
*There are some exemptions for flexible straws and straw packages with beverage containers.
The term “plastic” isn’t definitively stated in the regulations; this is to provide flexibility and to allow for regulations to include the development of plastics that don’t yet exist. Plastic in itself is a broad category of synthetic plastics. Currently, regulated plastics include many commonly known plastics and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has provided guidance that suggests a review of the Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution report to help define what is a plastic. Regulated plastics include (but are not limited to) single use items that are made of the following plastic resins:
As well, banned single use plastics can include non-conventional plastics such as Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Polyhydroxyalknoates (PHA’s).
Single use is defined with slightly different parameters for each of the above commodities, but in common for all of these items is that they are intended to be discarded after only being used once.
For specific information about the 6 banned products, please see ECCCs publication: Technical Guidelines for the Single use Plastics Prohibition Regulations
The prohibition on importing these products is being phased in depending on commodity type: