Planning for the 2023 plastics ban
To help with the transition, the federal government has published Single-use Plastics Prohibitions Regulations – Technical Guidelines, as well as aguidance document.
- In connection with SUP cutlery, the guidelines recommend that customers be given the option to specify whether they want single-use cutlery at all for take-out meals. If single-use cutlery is requested, it should be made of alternative materials to plastic, such as bamboo, wood from sustainably managed forests, or from cereals (wheat, oats, corn or rice), and accompanied by a fee charged to the consumer to discourage use. If your c-stores has a dine-in component, offer reusable aluminum/stainless steel cutlery versus SUP cutlery.
- With respect to foodservice wares, its recommended customers be encouraged to bring their own containers; businesses develop a deposit and refund system for reusable containers made of materials such as glass, stainless steel, silicone or rigid recyclable plastic; businesses use plant-based or fibre-based alternatives or use recycled plastic resin provided it is “food grade.”
What can retailers do now?
Assess your operation’s needs and stay ahead of the regulations by sourcing alternatives to single-use plastics.
June 2022: The federal government confirms it is banning companies from importing or making plastic bags and takeout containers as part of a larger effort to eliminate all plastic waste from ending up in landfills or as litter on beaches, in rivers, wetlands and forests by 2030.
Dec. 20, 2022: The ban on the manufacture and import of 1, 2, 3, 5 (except flexible SUP straws packaged with beverage containers) and 6 come into effect. The ban on the sale of these items comes into effect on Dec. 20, 2023.
June 20, 2023: The ban on the manufacture and import of 4 and flexible SUP straws packaged with beverage containers (e.g., juice boxes) will come into effect. In order to give manufacturers and retailers time to clear stock, the ban on the sale of these items will come into effect on June 20, 2024.
Dec. 20, 2025: The Regulations will prohibit the export of the above SUP items by this date.