Bring Your Own Bag, Jasper

19-08-01-BYOB - Jasper Local
Municipality of Jasper Waste Reduction Bylaw

Voluntary compliance is encouraged by July 1, 2019

Plastic Checkout Bag Ban

By approving the Waste Reduction Regulation Bylaw, Jasper Municipal Council passed a plastic checkout bag ban starting July 1, 2019. The Waste Reduction 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. 

Voluntary compliance is encouraged by July 1, 2019. Enforcement will take effect at a date to be determined by Council. 

What's happening now?

The ban means that all Jasper businesses are urged to stop providing plastic checkout bags, which are usually provided at the till. However, retailers are allowed to use up their existing stock of plastic bags. 

  • Jasperites and visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags to help reduce the amount of plastic waste generated in our community. 
  • Retailers may provide paper bags or reusable bags to customers, and can choose whether or not to charge for them.
  • Plastic bags may still be provided in-store for items like produce, bulk items, meat and prepared foods.

Tips to remember your reusable bags 

  • Pop a few in your bicycle basket 
  • Place a few reusable bags in your glove box or on the back seat of your car 
  • Hang a few reusable bags by your door or by your keys
  • Start your shopping list with “bags” so you remember to get them out before you start shopping 

Which bags are allowed?

Businesses can provide either paper or reusable checkout bags. Paper bags should contain at least 40% of post-consumer recycled content, and reusable bags should be designed and manufactured to be capable of at least 100 uses, and be primarily made of cloth or other washable fabric. Businesses may charge a fee for a paper or reusable bag.

Which bags are prohibited?

All types of plastic checkout bags are banned, including Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and biodegradable plastic bags. 

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

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