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Ontario Should Be Next In Line To Ban Throwaway Plastics

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If you had to name the one premier you wouldn't expect to ban single-use plastics, who would that be?

Well, believe it or not, Doug Ford's government is flirting with just that.

The Ontario government recently released a discussion paper on Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities that seeks feedback from Ontarians on how to best address the waste and pollution crisis in the province. Until April 20, the people of Ontario can participate in this public consultation to tell the government that they not only want but expect the sort of bold action that is required to reduce plastic pollution at the source: banning throwaway plastics.

The people of Newfoundland and Labrador just took a first step in that direction. This week Newfoundland and Labrador became the second province after PEI to announce a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Watch: Greenpeace Canada names top 5 plastic polluters. Blog continues below.

Public feedback for the new waste-reduction strategy is critical to ensure that strong measures to reduce plastic production and pollution are included, and that concrete reduction targets are set. Support for the recent announcement that the Ontario government is contemplating a ban on certain single-use plastics, including bags, straws, cutlery and water bottles, is vital. Nearly a tonne of waste is generated each year per person in Ontario,........

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