Single Use Plastics
SINGLE-USE IS WASTEFUL AND NOT SUSTAINABLE
RECYCLING IS IMPORTANT – BUT REDUCING WASTE IS ESSENTIAL
THE BYLAW BANS:
WHO IS AFFECTED
PART 1: PLASTIC CHECKOUT BAGS
COMPOSTABLE/ BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC
PART 2: PLASTIC STRAWS
PART 3: FOAM CONTAINERS
IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT
I. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
II. ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS
III. COMMUNICATION SUPPORT
IV. COORDINATION AND COOPERATION WITH OTHER LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT
TIPS FOR ASSESSING ALTERNATIVES
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN ASSESSING ALTERNATIVES
PURCHASING AND USAGE GUIDELINES
WHAT TO ASK SUPPLIERS WHEN SELECTING ALTERNATIVES
How are the products produced?
Does it include recycled content?
The product is “eco-friendly” but what is it made of?
How do they recommend the product be disposed of?
Can the product be reused multiple times?
CONTAINERS AND CUPS
As a part of the City of Revelstoke’s Strategic Priorities the City is undertaking in an effort to pursue “green” initiatives that enable the City of Revelstoke to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change, as greenhouse gases are emitted at each of each stage of the plastic lifecycle. Although Recycle BC currently accepts plastic containers, plastic bags and overwrap and other flexible plastic packaging there are small actions we can take to limit the amount of plastic ending up in the landfill. In the 2018 Waste Characterization Study the CSRD performed at the Revelstoke landfill, plastic was the second largest component of waste. Below is some background on the problem with plastics and some tips to reduce plastic waste.