Proposed Waste Reduction Regulation Bylaw

Proposed Waste Reduction Regulation Bylaw – May 2019

Plastic Checkout Bag Ban

Jasper Municipal Council is proposing a plastic checkout bag ban starting July 1, 2019. The proposed 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. 

What's happening?

Council is considering a ban on plastic checkout bags. This means Jasper businesses would no longer be able to provide plastic bags to customers to carry the items they purchased (usually provided at the till). Exemptions are proposed for specific items.

Which bags would be prohibited?

All types of plastic checkout bags would be banned, including Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and biodegradable plastic bags. Some communities differentiate types of plastic bags; the proposed ban for Jasper includes all types of plastic checkout bags.

Which bags would be allowed?

Businesses could 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.

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

Related Documents

Draft Waste Reduction Regulation Bylaw (PDF)