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null Businesses and residents: Offer input on proposed regulation of single-use items

January 22, 2020 -

The City of Kingston is considering regulating retail single-use plastic bags and polystyrene take-out containers and is seeking input from businesses and residents.

“It’s time to stop producing needless waste. There is no doubt these items are convenient, but they generate huge amounts of waste – along with the greenhouse gases and other environmental impacts associated with managing that waste,” says Paul MacLatchy, Environment Director.

Businesses, Restaurants and Residents: Offer Input on Timelines, Exemptions

The City knows that any regulations around single-use items would directly impact both chain and independent businesses and restaurants along with other user groups. Business owners and managers are being encouraged to complete the survey at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca by 4 p.m. on Feb. 12. 

The survey seeks input on:

  • Proposed timelines for phasing out single-use retail plastic bags and polystyrene take-out containers.
  • Potential exemptions
  • Potential alternatives

The feedback from this engagement will be reflected in a report that will go to the Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation Policies Committee mid-2020.

Last summer, City Council directed staff to report back on the results of a public engagement and offer a recommendation regarding the implementation of a potential bylaw, including the estimated financial impact to implement and enforce a ban.

Demonstrating leadership on climate action is one of the City’s strategic priorities. In 2019, the Government of Canada also announced plans to reduce plastic waste.

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