Why Does it Matter?
Every single-use item, whether it’s made of plastic, paper, bamboo or foil, has environmental impacts. These include:
- Greenhouse gas emissions from production, transportation and disposal
- Natural resource use from production and transportation
- Degrading natural habitat when littered
- Taking up space in landfills
When we throw away a single-use item, we throw away the water, oil and land that went into making it, regardless of the material it’s made from. That’s why the goal of the City’s Plan is to reduce the total number of single-use items used, not just replace plastics with other materials.
Edmonton’s Plan to Reduce Single-use Items and recommended bylaw direction were approved by City Council on April 4, 2022. Residents will have the opportunity to speak at a public hearing on September 13, 2022. If the bylaw is approved, it is expected to take effect on July 1, 2023.
By taking action to reduce waste, we will make our community healthier and more attractive, now and into the future.