Plastic bottles

A new Nanos Research survey has found that Canadians are heavily in favour of a ban on single-use plastics such as cutlery and straws.

The survey, commissioned by the Globe and Mail, also found that most would also be willing to pay a small premium for environmentally sustainable products, the newspaper reported.

The federal government recently announced plans to cut down on plastic waste by regulating it, as part of a national strategy to reduce plastic pollution.

A number of plastic items might be banned outright as early as 2021, including plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks, where supported by scientific data.

Fifty-six per cent of Canadians support a total ban on single-use plastics, while 25 per cent “somewhat” support such a ban, Nanos found. Ten per cent of Canadians somewhat oppose a total ban, while eight per cent are opposed and one per cent are undecided.

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