Why the City is working towards restricting single-use checkout bags


  1. Why is reducing the amount of plastic bags important?

    • Victoria residents use approximately 200 bags each every year, which would equate to 17 million plastic bags from city residents, alone.
    • Plastic bags are made from a limited supply of non-renewable petroleum sources, which contribute to greenhouse gases, air quality issues, natural resource depletion, and chemical, waste and litter accumulation.
    • People may use them only once, yet they remain in the environment for more than a human lifetime.
    • Plastic bags are on the Top 10 list of garbage littering the world’s beaches
    • Stopping waste before it enters our management systems will help City staff reduce operating costs and increase service levels to enhance the quality of life and experience for all Victoria residents and visitors.
  2. Why is the City developing a new bylaw to reduce single-use checkout bags?

    The purpose of the draft Bylaw is to reduce the volume of plastic bag waste entering our landfill, our waste collection systems, and littering our community. This bylaw aims to reduce single-use plastic bags that quickly become waste after only a few uses.