Officials at the Town of Strathmore have said they are currently not considering the single-use plastics bylaw to follow suit with The City of Calgary.
The City of Calgary adopted the bylaw on Tuesday (Jan 16), to reduce waste by encouraging Calgarians to choose reusable options where possible and to only ask for the single-use items they need.
The City of Calgary's bylaw applies to, 'any businesses providing new paper or reusable shopping bags and/or single use food accessories to customers including grocery or convenience stores, retail stores, fast food, restaurants, cafes, bars, and coffee shops.'
The bylaw also encompasses vendors at festivals, special events, and markets.
The City of Calgary also clarified that while the Federal Court issued a ruling overturning the federal government’s Ministerial Order designating all plastic manufactured items to be “toxic substances”, the City’s bylaw is not affected.
"Can you please clarify whether the businesses in Strathmore are now participating in Calgary’s new ‘Single Use Items’ bylaw?? There seems to be some confusion, as it’s been reported that some fast-food businesses here in town are now charging the .15 bag fee," a concerned Strathmore resident asked Mayor Pat Fule on his Facebook page.
To which he replied, "Our Council hasn't passed any kind of "Single Use Item Bylaw". I'm wondering if a corporate head office of a fast-food chain may have directed franchises to follow that practice?"
Strathmore Now contacted Strathmore McDonalds and Tim's Hortons, at this time they are not charging for their bags.
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