Plastic Bag Ban

Enforcement of the Plastic Checkout Bag Bylaw 1913-18 will resume on May 5, 2021.

Read the Press Release (April 15, 2021) HERE.

Only City of Wetaskiwin businesses will be affected by the reinstatement of the bylaw.
See below for retail establishments the ban applies to, and for exceptions to the bylaw.

The City of Wetaskiwin's Director of Emergency Management has approved the extension of the suspended enforcement of the Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 until May 5th, 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full Press Release (Nov. 6, 2020) HERE.

Residents looking to resume using their reusable bags are encouraged to contact individual businesses directly regarding their current bag policies.

*Single-use plastic bags can be provided by businesses to customers until enforcement of the bylaw resumes. City staff will reach out to local businesses to ensure they are aware of the City’s plans to resume enforcement of the bylaw and to address any questions or concerns.*

Retail establishments are prohibited from selling or distributing single-use plastic checkout bags thinner than 2.0 mils thick.

Wetaskiwin City Council passed the Plastic Checkout Bag Bylaw at their regular October 9, 2018 City Council Meeting. The plastic bag ban is now in effect locally (as of July 9, 2019). The following is now in effect:

  • This ban applies to any location where goods are offered for sale, including grocery stores, retail stores, farmers’ markets, fast food or restaurants. If you are unsure if your business is affected by the plastic bag ban, please contact us at 780.361.4400.

We are now the second community in Alberta to ban single-use plastic bags! Read the press release.

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Thank you, John Maude and Susan Quinn, for your amazing donation of reusable bags! Limited quantities were available in most local grocery stores (while supplies remained) thanks to a generous donation made by the John Maude and Susan Quinn Charitable Foundation!

In anticipation of the upcoming Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18—which prohibits the sale of single-use plastic bags in Wetaskiwin as of July 9, 2019—the John Maude and Susan Quinn Charitable Foundation donated $15,000 toward the purchase of reusable bags for community members! Read the press release.

  • Exceptions to the ban include:
    • plastic produce bags
    • plastic bags to contain fresh meat or fish products
    • plastic bags used to contain bulk food items or bulk hardware items
    • plastic bags used to contain freshly prepared bakery items or other food items
    • plastic bags used for wrapping flowers or potted plants
    • dry-cleaning bags or other professional laundering bags
    • plastic bags used to contain dirty, greasy, or hazardous products or materials

Furthermore, after June 1, 2020:

  • Stores may charge a minimum of $0.15 per single use paper checkout bag
  • Fast food restaurants, food delivery, sit-down restaurants, and mobile catering businesses will be exempt from the $0.15 charge

The Plastic Checkout Bag Bylaw can be read or downloaded here

On June 25th, 2018 a report that was submitted to City Council which summarized single-use bag bans and fees across multiple jurisdictions. The report is available here

If you have any questions or comments regarding the single-use plastic bag ban, email the Legislative Executive Assistant or phone 780.361.4400.

Public Engagement Results

The results from the Plastic Bag Surveys to Businesses and Residents can be found here.

Are you a Retail Establishment in Wetaskiwin?

Download the Business Kit here. The Kit provides a summary of Plastic Checkout Bag Bylaw, key messages for customers, and a reusable bag cheat sheet.