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Looking Forward in 2021

January 13, 2021 Looking Forward in 2021

2020 was a challenging year for our whole community, but it has also been a year of progress towards a zero waste future. In a time of stress and pain it has been so striking to hear the refrain “Build Back Better” from communities around the world. With that in mind we would like to thank everyone for your continued support and we wish you all have a holiday season to recharge and look forward optimistically.

Remarkably, 2020 may have been the most successful year for waste reduction initiatives around the world!

-Dawson City town council passed a bylaw banning single use plastics in February. The ban covers plastic bags (including produce bags and grocery bags), plastic straws and utensils along with plastic and Styrofoam takeout containers.

-The Yukon bans both paper and plastic single-use shopping bags with updates to the Environment Act. Following a 60-day consultation period disposable shopping bags may be a thing of the past as soon as this summer.

-The federal Government announced it will be banning 6 single-use disposable plastic products in 2021: grocery bags, straws, cutlery, six-pack rings, some takeout containers, and stir sticks. This is the first action in Canada’s ambitious plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.

-Various municipally lead single-use plastic bans sweep across the country in the following communities: Inuvik, NWT, Saint-Sophie, QC, Val Saint-Francois, QC, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, Vancouver, BC, Devon, AB, Saint-Hippolyte, QC, Beaconsfield, QC, Sherbrooke, QC, Prince Albert, SK, Farnham, QC, Rimouski, QC, Riverview, NB, Dieppe, NB, Moncton, NB, Ucluelet, BC, Tofino, BC, Fort Frances, ON, Mono, ON, Beaubassin-est, NB, Cap-Pele, NB, Shediac, NB, Repentigny, QC, Victoria, BC, Richmond, BC, Saanich, BC.

-Nova Scotia and Newfoundland banned plastic shopping bags province-wide

Internationally many locations introduced waste reduction policies including:

-The EU banned the export of unsorted plastic waste to developing economies

-Germany bans single-use plastic products, which will come into effect from July 2021, as the Cabinet agrees in line with an EU directive to reduce waste

-New Jersey bans single use shopping bags and a range of single use polystyrene products

-Monaco banned disposable plastic cotton buds, cups, cutlery, and plates

-Tunisia banned single-use plastic bags at supermarkets and pharmacies

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