Single-Use Items Reduction Bylaw
26 Nov 2021
The City of Spruce Grove is taking action to help reduce the amount of plastic contaminating our environment.
The Single-Use Items Reduction Bylaw comes into effect on January 1, 2022, where businesses will no longer be allowed to provide or use plastic checkout bags, polystyrene serving ware, and plastic straws (with exceptions).
The City of Spruce Grove is supporting businesses throughout this transition and have developed a toolkit that provides business owners with information, education material, and advice on communicating with customers.
To encourage the use of reusable bags, businesses may charge customers a minimum of $1.00 for a reusable checkout bag and 15 cents for a paper checkout bag.
The ban does not apply in the following circumstances:
- Products sold for personal use or items sold in bulk e.g. black garbage bags, box of straws etc.
- Straws or polystyrene distributed to individuals at hospitals, day program sites, and continuing care facilities.
- Plastic bags used to protect prepared foods, loose items, medications, dry cleaning, and some bulk items.
- Where beverages are served and consumed, businesses are required to provide an accessible plastic straw at the customer’s request. An accessible straw refers to a flexible plastic straw, individually wrapped in paper.