Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Bylaw Effective February 1, 2022
The City of Regina’s Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Bylaw comes into effect on February 1, 2022.
“We are joining municipalities across the country in our move to ban plastic checkout bags and become a more sustainable city,” said City Councillor Bob Hawkins. “Regina residents made it clear that this is the right move. Over 10,000 residents took part in public engagement on this initiative, and 77 per cent indicated that the reduction of single-use plastic items is an important issue to them.”
The ban applies to plastic bags provided to customers at the checkout counter. Other in-store plastic bags used for items such as bulk foods, fruits and vegetables are still permitted. The bylaw does not specify alternatives to plastic checkout bags, which allows businesses and customers to choose their preferred methods for carrying goods.
The City is reaching out to retail businesses across Regina with details of the new bylaw and has put together a communications kit that they can use to help inform their customers of the change.
“We are providing time for plastic bag users to get in the habit of bringing their own reusable bags to stores before the ban takes effect in February,” said Kim Onrait, Executive Director of Citizen Services. “By switching to reusable bags or containers, the amount of plastic waste ending up in our landfill, in our recycling processing facility and littered throughout our community will be reduced.”
Implementation of the ban was delayed due to COVID-19. The ban will not be in effect should public health officials deem reusable bags a transmission concern in a health emergency.
For more information and to view a copy of the new bylaw, visit Regina.ca/plastic.