This project is currently on hold.
The City of Nanaimo is dedicated to protecting our environment and infrastructure. As a result, we are keen to reduce the impact that single-use checkout bags have in our community and beyond. These bags, although they can be recycled or used again for a limited number of uses, aren’t often being recycled or reused. Instead, they can end up in our waterways, storm drainage systems and our greenspaces. This creates unsightly litter, blocks pipes and damages pumps.
Many single-use bags end up in our curbside collection system where they can jam up recycling equipment, and many end up being collected in pantry closets and under kitchen sinks where they eventually wear down, deteriorate and are eventually disposed of in the landfill even if the original intent was to re-use them.
In December 2017, Council passed a motion instructing staff to create a bylaw that would ban the use of plastic bags by retailers in the City of Nanaimo to the extent permitted bylaw (see documents tab).
Following the motion, a survey for bylaw feedback was opened to residents and business owners. Thank you to the community members and business owners that provided input on how best to manage the many challenges that single-use plastic bags create in our City and beyond.
The Single Use Carryout Bag project is on hold, following proposals for single-use plastics bans by the Provincial and Federal governments. The Province of British Columbia's CleanBC: Plastics Action Plan proposes to phase out single-use packaging, reduce plastic consumption, recycle more plastics, and increase plastic bottle returns. The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment released the Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste in November 2018. The Strategy "outlines areas where changes are needed across the plastic lifecycle, from design to collection, clean-up and value recovery, and underscores the economic and business opportunities resulting from long-lasting and durable plastics." In a June 2019 press release, the Government of Canada proposed to "ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021".
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