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Most Atlantic Canadians support ban on single-use plastics: poll

Plastic straws wrapped in paper and plastic forks are seen at a food hall in Washington, D.C. on June 20, 2019. (ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Nine of every 10 Atlantic Canadians support banning single-use plastics, including shopping bags, straws and takeout food containers, according to a new survey. - Patrick Pleul

An overwhelming majority of Atlantic Canadians are in favour of a ban on single use plastics by the year 2021, according to a new survey by Narrative Research. 

The survey found that nine of every 10 Atlantic Canadians support banning single-use plastics, including plastic checkout bags (88 per cent), plastic packaging on most consumer items with the exception of medications and for food safety (90 per cent), and single-use plastic items such as straws, cups, cutlery and takeaway food containers (88 per cent). 

Support for each of these measures is high across all four Atlantic Canadian provinces, Narrative Research said in a release.

Prince Edward Island enacted the Plastic Bag Reduction Act in July of 2019, and this is reflected in the notable decline in the use of plastic bags there.  Eight in 10 P.E.I. residents state they rarely (29 per cent) or never (51 per cent) use plastic bags when shopping. Elsewhere, the poll shows that 65 per cent of Nova Scotians, 63 per cent of Newfoundlanders and 61 per cent of New Brunswickers rarely or never use plastic bags when shopping.

Nova Scotia recently announced it will implement plastic bag ban legislation in the fall of 2020.

The poll results are part of the Narrative Research Atlantic Quarterly, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of 1,500 Atlantic Canadians conducted from July 31 to Aug. 25. The results are considered accurate to within plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 95 times out of 100.

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