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dateline: 12 June 2019

Canada To Ban Single Use Plastics by 2021

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ban: to disallow
  • harmful: causing damage
  • coast: the edge where land meets water
  • confirm: to state that something is true
  • cutlery: tools for eating with (e.g., forks, knives, spoons)
  • responsible for: having a duty; in charge of

Canada To Ban Harmful Single-Use Plastics by 2021

Canada’s prime minister announced this week that Canada will ban harmful single-use plastics from to coast to coast as early as 2021. Prime Minister Trudeau said Canada will be following the lead of other countries from the European that have made similar plans to reduce plastic waste. The items that will be banned have not been confirmed, but will include plastic bags, plastic cutlery, and fast-food . Trudeau stated that companies that use plastic packaging to sell their products will be responsible for recycling their plastic . In addition to reducing pollution, the government says this plan will create approximately 42,000 jobs.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What announcement did Justin Trudeau make?
  2. Why does the report mention the European Union?
  3. Why could this ban be good for the Canadian economy?

Discussion Questions

Justin Trudeau claimed that “scientific evidence” will be used to decide which plastic products will fall under the ban. What do you think he means by this? Which single-use plastic products will be difficult for countries like Canada to ban?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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