Single-use plastic shopping bags can no longer be distributed, and businesses must charge at least 15 cents for a paper shopping bag and at least $1 for a new reusable shopping bag.
These minimum fees will increase on July 1, 2024 to 25 cents for a paper bag and $2 for a new reusable bag.
The bylaw does not apply to bags used for containing these types of items:
- All types of bulk items, from candy to screws
- Produce, baked goods and other unpackaged foods
- Medications from a pharmacist
It also does not apply to bags used solely to protect dry cleaned clothes, newspapers and other types of items that might become dirty or unusable from exposure.