Edmonton hopes to implement plan to reduce single-use items by 2023 – Edmonton

NS City of Edmonton’s waste reduction plan including a proposal to ban plastic straws and Styrofoam containers and implement a 25-cent minimum charge for disposable cups.


City of Hope single-use item reduction plan will be implemented in 2023.

First, in winter 2021, the city will consult businesses and charity catering providers about the changes. The recommendations will be presented to the utility committee in early 2022 and a draft law developed. Residents and businesses will have the opportunity to talk about the plan at a public hearing before the law is passed in the second half of 2022.

Awareness campaigns will be launched before the law comes into force and is implemented.

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Suggested changes include:

  • Ban single-use plastic bags
  • Ban plastic straws
  • It is forbidden to close foam boxes
  • Minimum fee of 15 cents for paper bags
  • Minimum $1 fee for reusable bags
  • Minimum fee of 25 cents for disposable cups
  • Disposable supplies will only be provided upon request

If charged, the city’s plan suggests businesses keep revenue to help cover the cost of complying with the new law. The city says registered nonprofits will not be required to charge for single-use items used to provide charity food service.

The city will work closely with nonprofits to minimize their impact. The city is also proposing regulations tailored to those who need disposable items for accessibility reasons.

The law will go into effect one year after it was passed to give businesses and residents time to adjust, and when it goes into effect, the city plans to prioritize outreach and education.

The city has yet to finalize its recommendations.

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Waste Free Edmonton, a local grassroots organization that has been advocating a single-use and legal strategy for Edmonton since 2018, supports the plan, with some caveats.

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“It involved a number of different low fruit waste items,” says Sean Stepchuk. Edmonton has zero waste co-founder and director.

“We are delighted that plastic bags will be banned from shopping and there will be a fee for paper bags and reusable bags, so people will still reduce other things.

“We are extremely pleased that there is a proposed 25 cent minimum fee for disposable cups,” he added.

“These are things that we see littered everywhere that people use for a very short period of time. they’re completely non-reusable, they’re not recyclable, they’re not compostable. So having a 25 cent minimum would really encourage people to bring their own reusables. “

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Stepchuk said it promises to see the matter brought before the city council in 2022.

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“We very much feel the city will approve this,” he said.

Stepchuk added: “There are still some areas where the city can act more aggressively, the implementation of the proposed plan will help reduce the amount of waste significantly.

Waste Free Edmonton proposes a fee for disposable utensils and small condiment packets.

“We hope that these restrictions will be the starting point for a broader discussion about waste, and lead to individuals and businesses being more conscious of their waste in the sectors we are dealing with. is different.”

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City officials estimate 450 million single-use items are thrown away each year in Edmonton – the equivalent of 1.2 million items a day.

Single-use items are also often thrown away, which can damage habitats and harm wildlife.

Edmonton’s 2019 litter test found that 42% of all adult items involved single-use items. The most common items are napkins, cups, and straws.

The city says the issue is important to Edmontonians.

“During this time of community engagement, we heard that people and businesses largely supported a ban on shopping plastic bags, eliminating plastic straws, and banning foam cups and containers,” the plan said. city ​​stated.

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“Furthermore, 81% of residents participating wanted to use fewer disposable cups.”

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