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Proposed Single-Use Item Regulation Bylaw - April 2019

Plastic Checkout Bag Ban

Jasper Municipal Council is proposing a plastic checkout bag ban starting January 1, 2020 with voluntary compliance encouraged by July 1, 2019. The proposed Single-Use Item Regulation Bylaw could be updated in the future to include other single-use items such as plastic straws, utensils, take-out food containers, polystyrene foam cups and containers, and flushables. 

What's happening?

Council is considering a ban on plastic checkout bags. This meansJasper businesses would no longer be able to provide plastic bagsto customers to carry the items they purchased (usually providedat the till). Exemptions are proposed for specific items.

Which bags would be prohibited?

All types of plastic checkout bags would be banned, including LowDensity Polyethylene (LDPE), High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) andbiodegradable plastic bags. Some communities differentiate types ofplastic bags; the proposed ban for Jasper includes all types of plasticcheckout bags.

Which bags would be allowed?

Businesses could provide either paper or reusable checkout bags.Paper bags should contain at least 40% of post-consumer recycledcontent, and reusable bags should be designed and manufacturedto be capable of at least 100 uses, and be primarily made of cloth orother washable fabric.

How would the fees work?

If, after being asked, the customer indicates they need a bag,businesses would have to charge a minimum of $0.10 per paper bagand $1.00 per reusable bag. Businesses could charge more for paperor reusable bags, but the minimum fee would be mandatory for allbusinesses in Jasper. 

What are the exemptions?

Plastic bags may be provided in-store to package, wrap or protect:

  • Loose bulk items (nuts, grain, candy, etc.); 
  • Loose small items (nails, bolts, fish hooks, etc.); 
  • Frozen foods, meat, poultry, fish and produce; 
  • Flowers or potted plants; 
  • Prepared foods or bakery goods that are not pre-packaged; 
  • Prescription drugs from a pharmacy; 
  • Linen, bedding, large items of clothing or other similar items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag.

The bylaw would not apply to prepackaged plastic bags intended for use at the customer’s home, such as garbage or Ziploc bags.

Related Documents

Draft Single-Use Item Regulation Bylaw (PDF)