City Staff are asking the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee to look into the possibility of reducing or banning the use of single use plastic shopping bags. (file photo)

City looking at banning plastic bags

City staff are asking the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee to look into the possibility of banning plastic bags

Plastic bags may be a thing of the past for Revelstoke residents.

In a report to city council dated April 6 director of engineering Mike Thomas requested the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) investigate the feasibility of banning or reducing single use plastic shopping bags.

The request to investigate comes after the EAC raised the topic at their last meeting on March 15.

The EAC had requested that City Staff investigate the feasibility of reducing or phasing out the use of plastic bags, but Thomas wrote that given Staff’s current workload they are suggesting that the committee provide recommendations to council.

Generally, staff make suggestions to council based on the recommendations of a committee.

Among the questions the committee is being asked to investigate is what level of the authority the City would have to propose a ban on plastic shopping bags.

The City of Victoria passed a bylaw to ban plastic bags in January, but later faced legal backlash from an advocacy group that claimed they had no authority to do so.

RELATED: Victoria first B.C. municipality to adopt plastic bag ban

City council will discuss the request to ask the environmental committee to investigate the topic at a special council meeting on April 17.

“Single use shopping bags waste resources in their production and add to unnecessary waste being landfilled,” wrote Thomas in his report to council. “The environmental impacts of discarded plastics waste on waterways and aquatic wildlife is significant and has been well documented in Canada. Understanding the City’s authority and the feasibility of banning or reducing single use shopping bags within the community promotes environmental citizenship.”

The mandate of the EAC is to provide the City with recommendations that encourage environmental citizenship.

@Jnsherman
jake.sherman@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

3 year-old golden lab from Calgary missing after car accident east of Revelstoke

The car that Abbie — a three year old Golden lab was driving in — flipped over and ended up in a ditch early this morning

City considers exemption to pesticide ban

In a brief special council meeting on April 17 the City approved a motion to consider a revision to pesticide use bylaw no.1988

Salmon Arm, Sicamous RCMP stop Alberta man in stolen vehicle

Vehicle was taken from Enderby, police were alerted

Living wage increases sixty cents to $19.37 an hour

That works out to about $70,000 a year for a working family

Avalanche control in Rogers Pass

DriveBC says to expect one to two hour closures in Glacier National Park between 1 and 6 p.m.

VIDEO: B.C. ‘escapologist’ stuns judges on Britain’s Got Talent

Matt Johnson says televised water stunt was closest he’s come to death

B.C. skydiver lands safely after cutting away main chute

Greater Victoria emergency services called after witnesses saw spiralling chute

78 Mexican farmworkers displaced after fire tears through building on B.C. farm

Flames broke out Thursday morning in building that housed up to 80 workers at Abbotsford farm

Inmates, machines adding muscle to Oliver flood fight

Inmates are packing 250 sandbags a day, but RDOS says newly acquired machine will push 6,000 an hour

Cartoonist captures public mood following Toronto, Humboldt tragedies

Cartoonist said he was trying to find a bit of positivity with an image that has garnered attention

Whitecaps host against Real Salt Lake looking to snap 3-game losing streak

Ending their losing streak is all the Whitecaps care about when they host Salt Lake in Vancouver

Province issues flood warning for B.C. Interior

Melting snowpacks could cause higher streamflows in regional rivers and tributaries.

Montreal Habs goalie Carey Price stops by B.C. hometown for rodeo

Famous goaltender tries to blend in with the crowd at first BCRA-santioned event of the season

B.C. hires 20 more conservation officers

The province announces 12 new locations for conservation officer services this year

Most Read