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Single-use plastic ban in the works

By Don Fennell

Published 2:26 PDT, Fri August 2, 2019

A plan to ban single-use plastics in Richmond is a step closer to reality.

A plan to ban single-use plastics in Richmond is a step closer to reality.

Richmond city council last week passed the first three readings of a bylaw that would prohibit such items as plastic checkout bags and straws as well as foam products like plates, clamshell containers, bowls and cups.

“Avoiding single-use plastic items is the right thing to do, not just for our community but for the environment as a whole,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Brodie says while the bylaw will create challenges for some businesses, council feels it is important to take a leadership role. He added council will work with business in the coming months to determine how the city can best offer support during a transition period.

The proposed bylaw will be forwarded to the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for approval.

Richard Synnott, representing Layfield Plastics, suggested the city examine all factors when considering restrictions in the distribution of single-use plastic products. He said new technologies are improving the use and recapture of plastics and that potential alternatives, such as paper products, may not provide a significant marginal environmental benefit compared to plastic.

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