Plastic Bag Ban
|At the March 24, 2020 Special City Council meeting, Council amended the Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Bylaw (1954-20) to include a clause allowing the Director of Emergency Management to suspend enforcement of the bylaw if there is a reason to do so in order to protect the public.|
Single-use plastic bags can be provided by businesses to customers until further notice. Enforcement of the bylaw will resume once the pandemic is over.
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:
- Retail establishments are prohibited from selling or distributing single-use plastic checkout bags thinner than 2.0 mils thick.
- 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 780.361.4420.
We are now the second community in Alberta to ban single-use plastic bags! Read the press release.
In anticipation of the upcoming Plastic 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 must 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 City Clerk or phone 780.361.4420.
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.