Overview of Federal Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations

On June 20, 2022, the Government of Canada released the Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations to ban six categories of single-use plastic (SUPs) items: checkout bags, cutlery, stir sticks, straws, ring carriers and food serviceware. The regulations are in line with the Government of Canada’s plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.

In addition to the regulations, the government released the following resources:

  • Technical guidelines
  • Guidance for selecting alternatives (includes examples of products not impacted by the regulations - e.g., clamshell containers, lidded containers, boxes, cups, plates or bowls made from non-conventional or compostable plastics such as polylactic acid (PLA))

The federal government anticipates that the SUP ban will eliminate over 1.3 million tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastic waste and more than 22,000 tonnes of plastic pollution.

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