Province to Ban Plastic Bags

PRESS RELEASE

Nova Scotians want to do more to help protect our environment and keep plastics out of our lakes, waterways and oceans. Government wants to do more, too – that’s why it is banning single-use plastic bags.

New legislation introduced today, Sept. 26, would see Nova Scotia ban single-use plastic checkout bags in a year. The legislation will also allow government to regulate other single-use plastic items in the future.

If passed, industry will have a year to prepare for the legislation. Retailers will still be allowed to use single-use plastic bags for live fish and bulk items. There will also be exemptions for food banks and charities. The legislation won’t require retailers to charge for alternatives to plastic bags.

“Nova Scotians are already leaders in protecting the environment and they want us to do more,” said Gordon Wilson, Minister of Environment. “We agree, it’s time to move forward. This ban will help keep plastic out of our landfills, our waterways and our environment.”

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We welcome this announcement. Banning plastic bags is a step in reducing our use of plastic and preventing the contamination of our water, soil and food. By far the best replacement is a reusable bag, used many times over. Mark Butler, policy director, Ecology Action Centre

This is great news. Single-use plastics are a concern for many Nova Scotians, so we’re very pleased to see Nova Scotia move toward a provincewide ban on checkout bags. Scott Skinner, president and CEO, Clean Foundation

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