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District of Saanich considering ban of plastic bags

Summary

Another BC community is one step closer to a plastic bag ban

Council tabled a motion today that would ban the single-use bags from being sold or given out at stores

Victoria was the first BC city to enact a similar bylaw back in July

SAANICH (NEWS 1130) – It looks like Saanich may be the next B.C. community to ban single-use plastic bags.

Councillors are now considering a motion that would ban single-use bags from being sold or given out at stores.

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes says retailers are open to change, “They heard the call and many of them are already depleting their plastic bag stocks.”

Retailers would be limited to paper or reusable bags only, which would cost customers 15 cents for the paper bag or $1 for the latter.

RELATED: Vancouver approves ban on plastic straws, foam cups

If approved, the ban wouldn’t take effect until December.

Victoria was the first B.C. city to enact a similar bylaw back in July.

Meanwhile in Vancouver, the city’s working to eliminate plastic straws and foam cups and containers before tackling the bag issue in 2021.