How will the City inform businesses and the community of the new regulations?
What is being done to raise awareness about the new bylaw?
The City is developing an awareness campaign for businesses, residents and tourists. The City of Victoria’s website will be regularly updated with current information including a list of frequently asked questions.
In addition, the City will be working with local businesses to develop a Retailer Toolkit, with resources for communicating with employees and customers about the bylaw, helpful tips to assist with the transition to reusable bags and to help customers remember their reusable bags, frequently asked questions and more.
How will tourists learn about this new regulation?
The City is working with stakeholders, including Tourism Victoria, to develop a program to let visitors know that Victoria is promoting reusable shopping bags for all of our incredible shopping experiences and that we are taking serious action to reduce our litter and our landfill waste. Many of these visitors may come from other cities across North American and around the world that already have a ban on single-use plastic bags.
What else can a business do to help reduce plastic bag use?
Here are a few ideas for businesses to consider:
• Create incentives: Offer benefits or incentive for those who bring in their own bags
• Bag exchange: Set up a free, reusable bag donation program to put surplus reusable bags in the hands of those that need them.