Plastic Bags No Longer Recyclable
As of March 1, 2020 Fundy Regional Service Commission will no longer accept plastic bags in the recycling.
Your excess plastic bags will have to go to garbage. This includes all ‘soft’ plastic such as grocery and retail bags, bread and frozen food bags, dry cleaner bags, and ‘shrink wrap’ or plastic film.
Please continue to recycle your plastic containers with the recycling number 1, 2, or 5. These containers are sent to Ontario and Quebec for recycling.
Plastic Bag Recycling
For more than two years now, we have been trying to secure an end recycling market for plastic bags with no success. The recycling market for plastic bags has always been a challenge, as they are a low-valued type of plastic, but since 2018, there has been no movement. We do not see this situation changing in the near future. It is not sustainable to continue to accept, sort, bale and store a product with no hope of finding a location to have them recycled in the end.
Reduce Plastic Bags
We are encouraging everyone to reduce their consumption of plastic bags. Remembering to bring your reusable bags is key! Keep a couple with you as you head into stores. The small fold-up bags are very handy to tuck into your purse or backpack.
Plastic waste and ocean litter have emerged as a global environmental priority. Canadians use 9 billion plastic bags every year. It is estimated that each Canadian uses 300 – 700 plastic bags a year. Environment and climate change Canada says that Canadians throw away 34 million plastic bags every day! Governments across Canada are taking action on plastic bags, at the request and demand of citizens.
In the Atlantic Provinces, all other provincial governments have made a move towards a ban:
- PEI implemented the Plastic Bag Reduction Act in July 2019
- Nova Scotia – Legislation will come into effect September 2020
- Newfoundland – announced it will ban bags in 2020
In New Brunswick, Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe have passed the Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw. It will come into effect July 1st 2020. Sobeys will phase out plastic bags by end of January, 2020.
Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw for the Fundy Region
The Fundy Regional Service Commission passed a motion, recommending that the municipalities in the Fundy Region adopt the plastic bag reduction bylaw similar to the legislation in PEI and the bylaw in Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe by January 1, 2021.
Removing plastic bags from the recycling list will not necessarily result in plastic bag reduction, and simply moves them from recycling to landfill. By adopting the bylaw, we can reduce the overall consumption of plastic bags, and reduce their impact on the environment.
It was also noted that a harmonized approach to the bylaw is necessary to help level the playing field for retailers, and ensure that similar rules are in place in the province and in the Atlantic region.
Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Bag Use
|Make sure you have a supply of reusable bags handy. Keep them in your car and in your purse. Do you have enough for your groceries?||
|Mesh produce bags are a great way to reduce plastic bags. They are small and fit nicely in your purse or backpack. And they wash nicely too!|
|Have you tried beeswax wraps? They can be used to wrap snacks and cover bowls. They are a great replacement for saran wrap and Ziploc bags.|
|You don't need plastic Ziploc bags! Containers are great and easily washable. Silicone Ziploc bags are easy to wash and store and are a great replacement for plastic bags.|