Single Use Plastics Regulations

The City of Courtenay is considering the a bylaw to regulate single use plastics in Courtenay. An online survey (closed May 17, 2019) was conducted for residents and businesses. Survey results will be posted soon.

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. The proposed bylaw would prevent businesses from offering single-use plastic bags and plastic straws within Courtenay. If implemented, the new regulations would likely be phased in over time to give both businesses and consumers time to adjust.

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.