Move over Paper Bag Princess, Sooke now has the plastic life-sized doll Polly gracing Sooke.
At the June 10 regular Council meeting, Council received and adopted a Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw. The bylaw would fine a business a $100 for giving a plastic bag to a customer. Paper and re-usable bags can be used as an option, and business must charge between $0.15 and $1.00 for one. Plastic bags are still permitted for bulk food items, frozen foods, fruits, along with hardware bulk items and the plastic bags in which print newspapers are delivered (not an issue for SPN readers!).
See below for a list of fines, and to review the bylaw for the fine-print details.
The bylaw will come into effect on January 1, 2020, allowing businesses to use up their existing bags. Staff noted that there were would be an educational components undertaken once the bylaw has been adopted.
Councillor Bateman was among the many pleased to see this has finally arrived, as he and Transition Sooke have been lobbying for this for several years now. He noted that bags are the low hanging fruit, but a substantial one at that. At 77 bags per person per year, it’s not an insignificant number. He added that municipalities of Tofino and Uclulet have also just passed bylaws that go beyond the single-use bag and included straws.
Ann Clement brought in Polly, a doll made of plastic. She was here to celebrate that they were bringing in the bylaw. She noted this is just the beginning, and she’s looking forward to more improvements. She will be there for every step of the way.
The motion to adopt the bylaw was moved by Councillor St-Pierre and seconded by Councillor Beddows, and it carried unanimously. Present: Mayor Maja Tait, and Councillors Al Beddows, Tony St-Pierre, Ebony Logins, and Jeff Bateman. Missing were Councillors Megan McMath and Brenda Parkinson.