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Canada Should Cut Plastic Waste, Government Scientists Say

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:49 PM

Canada should take new steps to reduce the flow of plastics into the environment, a federal advisory report said Jan. 30.

Macroplastics, items like bags and straws that are larger than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches), harm animals and their habitats, but it’s less clear if microplastics, particles smaller than 5 millimeters, are just as harmful, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada’s draft science assessment on plastic pollution says.

Canada will use the scientific report to inform a ban of harmful single-use plastics that could come as early as 2021, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said ...

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