Sooke’s plastic bag ban could spread to other plastics – Saanich News

Sooke residents will soon no longer be able to obtain single-use plastic shopping bags at store checkouts. But it could all be for nothing anyway.

The district council reintroduced a bylaw last week banning plastic grocery bags. The ban will take effect within six months.

In October 2020, the federal government announced a list of single-use plastics it planned to ban nationally by the end of this year, including grocery bags, straws, popsicle sticks, six pack cutlery, food containers and rings.

Com. Al Beddows said the company – especially the industry – is moving towards reducing plastic.

“I am really happy that the company is moving in this direction. We are (Sooke’s advice) with the times, ”he said.

Sooke’s ban only applies to bags used at checkouts. Other in-store plastic bags such as those used for bulk foods, fruits and vegetables are still allowed.

The regulation does not offer an alternative to plastic bags, which means businesses and customers can choose their own methods of transporting items.

Last July, British Columbia amended regulations under the Community Charter allowing local governments to enact such bans without ministerial approval.

Before provincial rules changed, bans on single-use plastics were approved for Esquimalt, Nanaimo, Richmond, Rossland, Saanich, Surrey, Tofino, Ucluelet and Victoria. Vancouver’s ban on single-use plastics, as well as foam cups and take-out containers, goes into effect January 1.

Across Canada, its estimated 29,000 tonnes of plastic pollution are estimated to enter the environment each year, while globally at least eight million tonnes of plastic are released into the ocean each year. .
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Bryce K. Locke