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Trudeau gets tongue-tied when asked how his family is cutting out plastic waste (VIDEO)

Earlier this month, Moncton introduced a bylaw restricting businesses from distributing some single-use plastic bags by July 2020.

"We believe if you couple that growth with the proper collection, repurpose, reuse of plastics, it's going to continue to make the products more in demand". The move announced by Trudeau also signals the will by the federal government to retake the leading role that, as a national government, it should play regarding environmental matters, since already some cities, including Montreal, have been adopting policies created to curtail the use of plastic bags, for instance. Everything will be run through a full scientific assessment as well as a socio-economic-impact review before any proposals for bans or regulations of materials are made, he said.

Inter Pipeline supports research into plastic waste reduction, recycling and responsible use, said spokeswoman Breanne Oliver in an email, pointing out that the polypropylene it plans to produce at its central Albertaplant is highly recyclable. Styrofoam containers are also among the worst for the environment; they break down into tiny little pieces that are easily ingested by fish, animals and ultimately humans.

Several Canadian cities already ban the use of plastic bags and some provinces have banned other products.

China banned the import of plastic waste previous year, causing other Southeast Asian nations to become new destinations.

While Twitter user @wikijeff posted a photo with an "available at Loblaws" tag, likely making a dig at the recent decision from the Trudeau government to provide the company millions in aid in order to purchase and install energy efficient fridges.

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But Trudeau said a "national solution" was needed. All of that would trigger provincial and municipal governments to up their recycling games. Especially when the question is about Trudeau's plastic use.

During the news conference, Trudeau was asked by a reporter, "What do you and your family do to cut back on plastics?"

She said her organization wants to be involved in the process to ensure bans are imposed only where there are "viable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable alternatives".

Sarah King, head of the oceans and plastics campaign at Greenpeace Canada, called it a good first step. The plastic that was being dumped each year was worth 8 billion dollars which is said a lot of money to be wasted in the pollution.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer shrugged it off as another empty announcement devoid of specifics and without any information on the implications for prices for consumers or for jobs in the plastics industry.

Mr Trudeau said his government was drawing inspiration from a ban proposed by the EU Parliament.

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