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Plastic Producers Ask Court to Drop Planned Federal Ban on Single-Use Straws, Cups

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The Canadian Press

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Plastic straws are pictured in Vancouver on Monday, June 4, 2018. More than two dozen plastic makers are asking the Federal Court to put an end to Ottawa's plan to ban several single-use plastic items including straws, cutlery and takeout containers.
Plastic straws taken Monday, June 4, 2018 in Vancouver. More than 20 plastic manufacturers are asking a federal court to end Ottawa's plan to ban single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery and take-out containers. PHOTO BY JONATHAN HAYWARD /THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — Over 20 Plastics Manufacturers Contact Federal Government A court has put an end to Ottawa's plan to ban several single-use plastic items, including straws, cutlery and take-out containers.

It is the second lawsuit filed in court by a coalition of plastic manufacturers calling themselves .

The first lawsuit, filed in 2021, seeks to overturn the government's decision to designate plastic as "toxic" under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeau has used that designation to promulgate regulations banning the sale, importation and manufacture of six plastic products.

His second lawsuit, filed in mid-July, asked a federal court to overturn the ban and bar the government from using the law to regulate single-use plastics, while to prevent the ban from being enforced.

Guilbeault says he is confident government regulations will support him and would rather work with the industry to improve recycling than fight it in court.

This Canadian Press report was first published on August 10, 2022.

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