The Canadian government says it plans to totally phase out harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021.

That would includes items such as drinking straws.

Before anything is set in stone though, the federal government wants to determine which products should be outlawed to help reduce the millions of tons of plastic waste.

Kathleen Sheppard with Environment Lethbridge says this is a good thing. She says whether it’s cutlery or plastic bags or styrofoam, from an environmental perspective, phasing out single-use plastics should result in less waste going to landfills as most of these items aren’t recyclable and usually end up in the garbage.

Less than 10% of all plastic used in Canada actually gets recycled.