City of Sault Ste. Marie Single-Use Plastics Ban Community consultations begin this month

Monday, March 21, 2022

Single-use plastics are defined as plastic items used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These can include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. Single-use plastics often end up littering our parks, playgrounds, rivers and lakes taking hundreds of years to break down harming fish, wildlife, and people in the process.  
December 25, 2021, the Government of Canada published the proposed Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations, which identifies six hard to recycle categories of single-use plastic items and the rules prohibiting or restricting their manufacture. These include grocery bags, straws, cutlery, six-pack rings, takeout containers and stir sticks. These items were chosen because they are often not recycled, and environmentally friendly alternatives are more readily available.  
The City of Sault Ste. Marie is moving forward with creating a single-use plastics ban and is seeking feedback from residents and businesses. Two online surveys have been created, one for community members and one for businesses. Feedback via the online surveys will be received until April 21, 2022.  
In addition, a virtual open house is scheduled to take place on Thursday April 7, 2022, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. to learn more about the federal government regulations and anticipated compliance. To register for the free virtual open house please click here
For more information on the single-use plastics ban and community consultations, please contact Emily Cormier, Sustainability Coordinator at 705-989-8748 or email   
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