On December 25, 2021, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released proposed Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations which would prohibit the manufacture, import, and sale of plastic checkout bags, cutlery, stir sticks, ring carriers, straws (with some exceptions), and foodservice ware made from or containing problematic plastics.
The proposal is to have the regulations come into force one year after they are finalized/registered with the exception of prohibitions on the sale of checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware made from problematic plastics, ring carriers, and stir sticks, which would come into force two years after registration. The government has also released draft Guidance for Selecting Alternatives to help producers make the shift. There is a 70-day public comment period ending on March 5, 2022. RCC will be participating in the consultation process and working with members to prepare a submission.
Please see RCC’s overview webpage for more information.