Looks like Trudeau is really focused on those water bottles.
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) released a joint statement that was measured in tone, noting they share the federal government's concerns about mismanagement of plastic waste.
Trudeau says the inspiration came from the European Union vote to impose a ban on single-use plastics in March.
He uses Styrofoam soup cups and plastic utensils, but plans to switch to paper products, which cost more, he said.
On Monday, June 10, Trudeau announced that the Canadian government will be making a serious effort to reduce plastic waste in Canada - namely, by creating a plan to ban single-use plastics.
"This will most definitely save the City of St. Albert money", she said, as a federal single-use item ban could let the city claw back some of the $96,000 it had approved to create a single-use item reduction strategy.
Though it is not specified which items will be banned, single-use products such as plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and stir sticks were mentioned as contributors to the country's plastic problem.
"Canadians know first-hand the impacts of plastic pollution, and are exhausted of seeing their beaches, parks, streets and shorelines littered with plastic waste", Trudeau stated.
"As we stand here today, on the shores of Lake Ontario, I can tell you that we found microplastics in our surface waters, in our sediments, in our local fish and in the drinking water we pulled from the lake", she said.
"If it is banned, we are going to learn" how to deal with it, "for future generations", said Evelyn, another resident.
The environmental group Greenpeace called the government's announcement "the first step" but said ultimately Canada needs to move towards phasing out a wider array of "all non-essential plastics". It remains to be seen whether the government will take on big soft-drink corporations such as Coca Cola or Pepsi Cola, forcing them to deliver their products in glass bottles as they used to do it until the 1980s.
Lindsay now serves as president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities.
He was also a former deputy minister for several Ontario ministries, including natural resources and northern development, mines and forestry.
A number of provinces have either full or partial extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs for printed paper and packaging, but not all of them do.