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    Plastic Straws, Bags to be Banned by end of 2022

    The federal government in Canada has plans to ban certain plastic products and styrofoam takeout containers by the end of 2022. However, Canada will still be able to manufacture and export these products. Steven Guilbeault, the Environment Minister, published draft regulations on Tuesday on how Canada will ban these products.

    Other products that are going to be weaned out are plastic cutlery, stir sticks, straws, and six-pack rings. The regulations explain how each product is to be defined, for example, bags made out of plastic film which will break or tear if used to carry 10 kilograms over a certain distance. Cutlery includes spoons, knives, forks, sporks, and chopsticks that will melt in hot but not boiling water. 

    There are certain exceptions for single-use plastic flexible straws that support people with disabilities or those who need them for medical reasons. The public can give feedback with written comments on the draft regulation on March 5. The World Trade Organization rules mean Canada has to allow a six-month phase-in period as the final regulations are published.

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