Single-Use Plastics Regulations

The City of Courtenay has adopted a bylaw to regulate single-use plastics in Courtenay.

Single-use plastics generally refer to plastic products that are considered disposable and only used once before they are recycled or more commonly thrown away. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Single-Use Plastics Regulations

While the City still encourages the transition away from single use plastics, Council has passed the following resolution:

That based on the December 16, 2019 staff report “Single Use Plastics Regulation Bylaw 2970, 2019 – Enforcement Provisions”, Council direct staff not to enforce Bylaw 2970, 2019 beginning March 31, 2020, pending more certainty of the regulatory approaches of the Provincial and Federal Governments; and

That Council direct staff to post notice on the City of Courtenay website advising that the City of Courtenay will not enforce penalties for committing an offence on the effective date identified in Section 8 of Bylaw No. 2970, 2019; pending the Supreme Court of Canada's decision on the validity of Victoria's plastic bag bylaw, and/or the outcome of the regulatory approaches proposed by the Provincial and Federal Governments.

A number of municipalities on Vancouver Island have either finalized or are in the process of instituting bylaws, aimed at reducing the impact of single use items. On June 10, 2019, the Government of Canada announced they will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021.

 

Background: Courtenay Single-Use Plastics Regulations

Online questionnaires in spring 2019 surveyed residents and businesses seeking feedback on the proposed bylaw. The bylaw was adopted by Courtenay City Council on June 17, 2019.

Resident Survey [PDF - 78 KB]
Business Survey [PDF - 93 KB]

A number of municipalities on Vancouver Island have either finalized or are in the process of instituting bylaws, aimed at reducing the impact of single-use items.