Plastic Bag Ban

Saanich staff are reviewing a court decision that casts doubt on the municipality’s ban of single use plastic bag. Coun. Susan Brice has been among its leading voices. (Black Press File). Coun. Susan Brice says it is a matter of time until Saanich bans single-use plastic bags. Wolf Depner/News Staff

Saanich prepares to implement bylaw banning plastic checkout bags in April

District aligns with Victoria bylaw timeline for consistency across region

 

Bottled water is pictured in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Canada’s proposed ban on single-use plastics may not run afoul of its trade deal with the United States and Mexico, but experts suggest it disregards the “pause-and-check” spirit of the agreement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Unilateral ban on single-use plastics ignores spirit of USMCA, critics, experts say

The issue has extra focus due to the upcoming U.S. election

 

On Sept. 12, the province approved bylaws banning single-use plastic products in Victoria, Saanich, Tofino, Ucluelet and Richmond. (Black Press file photo)

Province greenlights plastic bag bans for five B.C. municipalities

Victoria, Saanich, Tofino, Ucluelet to receive approval for bylaws regulating plastic products

 

The District of Saanich’s plastic checkout bag ban bylaw has been given the go-ahead by the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province gives Saanich plastic bag ban bylaw the go-ahead

‘Saanich is out of the bag and ahead of the game,’ mayor says

The District of Saanich’s plastic checkout bag ban bylaw has been given the go-ahead by the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)
File photo of plastic bags.

City of Victoria drafts revision of plastic bag ban bylaw

The bylaw will need to go to the province for approval

File photo of plastic bags.
Local shops are staying plastic free. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria shops avoid plastic bags, despite bylaw being voided

The city is working on getting the bylaw re-established

Local shops are staying plastic free. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich’s bylaw banning plastic bags won’t be affected by the Supreme Court ending Victoria’s bag ban. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich’s plastic bag ban won’t be affected by the Supreme Court ruling against Victoria

Council amended Saanich’s ban to align with the B.C. Court of Appeal’s ruling in November

Saanich’s bylaw banning plastic bags won’t be affected by the Supreme Court ending Victoria’s bag ban. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Victoria’s efforts to ban plastic bags were squashed by a Supreme Court ruling Thursday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
The City of Victoria’s efforts to ban plastic bags were squashed by a Supreme Court ruling Thursday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
Supreme Court determines next phase of Victoria’s plastic bag ban on Thursday

Supreme Court determines next phase of Victoria’s plastic bag ban on Thursday

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether or not it will hear the appeal

Supreme Court determines next phase of Victoria’s plastic bag ban on Thursday
The provincial government is asking residents for input on plastic pollution strategies. (File photo)

Provincial government seeks feedback on plastic pollution strategies

The province launched an online survey on banning plastics and upgrading recycling strategies

The provincial government is asking residents for input on plastic pollution strategies. (File photo)
The plastic bag bylaw was deemed invalid by the BC Court of Appeal. (File Photo)

Victoria businesses remain plastic-bag free, despite court ruling

Business association says no one has inquired into re-establishing the use of plastic bags

The plastic bag bylaw was deemed invalid by the BC Court of Appeal. (File Photo)
UPDATE: City to look at options after BC Court of Appeal sides with plastic bag industry
UPDATE: City to look at options after BC Court of Appeal sides with plastic bag industry
The Canadian Plastic Bag Association is taking the City of Victoria to court once again (File photo)

Plastic Bag Association takes the City of Victoria to court once again

The B.C. Supreme Court initially favoured the City in June 2018

The Canadian Plastic Bag Association is taking the City of Victoria to court once again (File photo)
Esquimalt is aiming to instate its plastic bag ban on January 1, 2020 (File photo).

Esquimalt requests public feedback as it plans for plastic bag ban

An online survey aims to gather information before the ban comes into effect in January 2020

Esquimalt is aiming to instate its plastic bag ban on January 1, 2020 (File photo).
The Township of Esquimalt is considering adopting Victoria’s plastic bag ban bylaw (Kristyn Anthony/News Staff)

Esquimalt looks into instating plastic bag ban

The township will now seek public consultation on how to bring the bylaw into effect

The Township of Esquimalt is considering adopting Victoria’s plastic bag ban bylaw (Kristyn Anthony/News Staff)
The City of Victoria is considering instating a disposable straw ban. (Pixabay)

City of Victoria considers disposable straw ban

Council looks at options to help become a ‘zero waste’ community

The City of Victoria is considering instating a disposable straw ban. (Pixabay)
Kate Fleming stands outside Mothers Nature’s Market and Deli in Cook Street Village where Karebags are available for customers after the City banned single-use plastic bags July 1. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria’s plastic bag ban inspires local entrepreneur to give back

Karebags a local, collaborative alternative for reusable bags, donates profits to charity

Kate Fleming stands outside Mothers Nature’s Market and Deli in Cook Street Village where Karebags are available for customers after the City banned single-use plastic bags July 1. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Levi Rowan (centre), joined by friends, accepts an award as youth category winner for the BYOBag video contest from Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and judge Dan Dagg, chair of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce board. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

WATCH: Customers encouraged to wean themselves off plastic bags by Jan. 1

City of Victoria’s new bylaw eased in for merchants; winning videos offer tips for making changes

Levi Rowan (centre), joined by friends, accepts an award as youth category winner for the BYOBag video contest from Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and judge Dan Dagg, chair of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce board. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of the City of Victoria by dismissing a legal challenge launched earlier this year by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association against the City’s ban on merchants distributing single-use plastic bags. (Victoria News file photo)

BC Supreme Court rules in favour of Victoria’s plastic bag ban

Court dismisses a challenge by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association

The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of the City of Victoria by dismissing a legal challenge launched earlier this year by the Canadian Plastic Bag Association against the City’s ban on merchants distributing single-use plastic bags. (Victoria News file photo)
Misa Funahashi (left) and Yuki Uno show off their bag options as Sakura Sushi, Grocery and Japanese Restaurant prepares for the plastic bag ban. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Plastic bag ban guidelines unclear, local businesses say

Victoria’s BYOBag movement starts July 1, leaving local businesses with mixed feelings

Misa Funahashi (left) and Yuki Uno show off their bag options as Sakura Sushi, Grocery and Japanese Restaurant prepares for the plastic bag ban. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS