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Queensland's ban on single-use plastics begins

Queensland businesses are now banned from selling or supplying some plastic and polystyrene products, as the state vows to tackle plastic pollution.

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Experts laud Montreal's plan to cut back on single-use plastics but say Canada has far to go

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thehill.com
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Virginia’s new executive order calls for phase-out of single-use plastics

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www.nationalobserver.com
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The backroom battle between industry, Ottawa and environmentalists over plastics regulation

Canada's $28-billion plastics industry has always resisted efforts to curtail production. But with the federal government proposing a ban on certain single-use items and looking to classify plastic as toxic, the pushback has grown even greater.
www.bayjournal.com
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Fighting the plastics plague, one canoe-full at a time

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