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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Council approves the Waste Reduction Regulation Bylaw

Municipality of Jasper

The Waste Reduction Regulation Bylaw, approved on June 4, legislates a ban on plastic checkout bags throughout the Municipality of Jasper. The bylaw comes into effect on July 1, 2019 with the exception of Section 5: Penalties, which will come into force and effect on a date proclaimed by council. 

A business may provide a checkout bag to a customer only if  the customer is first asked whether they need a bag; and the bag provided is a paper bag or a reusable bag. 

A business may charge a fee for a paper bag or reusable bag. 

A business that purchased plastic checkout bags in bulk prior to the passing of this bylaw may continue to provide the bags until the stock is depleted, provided that the customer is first asked whether they need a bag.

Exemptions to the bylaw include plastic bags used to: 

  • package loose bulk items;
  • package loose small items; 
  • contain or wrap produce, frozen foods, meat, poultry, fish or produce, whether prepackaged or not;
  • wrap flowers or potted plants; 
  • protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not pre-packaged;
  •  contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy; or 
  • protect linens, bedding, large items of clothing or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag

Read the full bylaw: 

Bylaw #215: Waste Reduction Regulation Bylaw (PDF)

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