During the most recent Calgary City Council meeting, new regulations related to single-use plastics were passed. Among the provisions in the new law is a mandatory fee for reusable and paper bags. Four out of the fourteen council members objected to the bill but the measure was passed 10-4 after many hours of discussion and debate. The new bylaws will go into effect in 2024.
As part of the city’s single-use plastics reduction strategy which was released to the public last year, Calgary’s new law regarding the use of single-use plastics is expected to decrease the amount of waste the city produces. The bylaw does not specifically ban plastics since it is covered by federal regulation. The new measure is meant to encourage individuals to bring reusable bags when shopping. According to its data, the city says approximately 3.5 million plastic shopping bags, 6.4 million plastic utensils, 2.4 million takeout containers, and 2.4 million disposable cups are thrown out in residential and commercial waste bins each week.
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