Statement from Senior Program Manager for Plastics, Karen Wirsig, on the decision to stay the ruling on the plastics listing to protect the ban on single-use plastics

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – We are pleased that the Federal Court of Appeal agreed with the government that the plastics listing and the ban on single-use plastics must stand while the government appeals the lower court decision quashing the listing of plastic manufactured items as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Federal action on plastic pollution is in the public interest and banning harmful single-use plastics is an important measure to protect the environment. Businesses have already moved away from these polluting items and people in Canada have embraced the change. It would make no sense to move backward on the bans now, especially before the courts have a final word on the plastic industry’s case.

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