Government to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics at its Restaurants and Hotels

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OTTAWA — Canada’s Environment and Climate Change minister has announced that the government will take steps to eliminate single-use plastics within federal government operations, according to CBC News.

Catherine McKenna made the announcement at the G7 ministers meeting in Halifax as world leaders gathered to find ways to address plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. She says government operations will be reusing and recycling at least 75 per cent of all of its plastic garbage by 2030.

Ottawa will aim to eliminate plastic straws, cups, cutlery, packaging and bottles from its operations at the restaurant and hotel properties it owns.

Citing the need to turn “trash into cash,” McKenna also announced a $12-million fund for plastic innovation.

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