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The court concludes that it is not reasonable to say that all items made of plastic are harmful because this category is too broad.


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The Federal Court on Thursday struck down a federal government order that classified plastic items as toxic under the Environmental Protection Act.

The Court annulled the decree retroactively, declaring it void and illegal on the date of its registration, April 23, 2021, we can read in the press release from the Federal Court.

The court concludes that it is not reasonable to say that all items made of plastic are harmful because this categorization is too broad.

This The decision has direct implications for the federal ban on six single-use plastic items, including straws, grocery bags and takeout food containers.

The Federal Court therefore finds that the government has exceeded its constitutional limits. It can only regulate substances for environmental protection purposes if they are listed as toxic under the law, the court emphasizes.

In June 2022, the Federal Minister of the Environment announced the regulation banning single-use plastics.

This ban has already implemented with regard to the manufacture and import of six different categories of items as well as the complete ban on their sale and export, expected by the end of 2025. p>

The case was brought to court by the Coalition for Responsible Plastic Use (CURP) and several chemical companies that manufacture plastics.

With information from The Canadian Press

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116