The Township of Esquimalt is considering adopting Victoria’s plastic bag ban bylaw (Kristyn Anthony/News Staff)

Esquimalt looks into instating plastic bag ban

The township will now seek public consultation on how to bring the bylaw into effect

The Township of Esquimalt is looking into banning plastic bags after deciding to see how the bylaw would roll out in Victoria.

In a council meeting on Monday, council unanimously approved to research the idea, and directed staff to write a report on the best way to gather public consultation.

“It was very good and quite quick,”said Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins. “Esquimalt is its own community, so we have to look at the nuances of that.”

ALSO READ: Plastic bag ban guidelines unclear, local businesses say

When Victoria started developing the bylaw in early 2018, Esquimalt passed a motion that stated, “Once Victoria evaluates the effectiveness of its bylaw within one year of its implementation, Esquimalt will review options that encourage the reduction of single-use plastic bags and consider drafting a bylaw to that effect.”

READ MORE: Esquimalt not rushing onto plastic bag ‘banned’ wagon

Since then, Desjardins said Esquimalt has seen a lot of promise.

“Everyone was waiting to find out the results of the legal challenge, and how that would square out,” she said, referring to a B.C. Supreme Court case that Victoria won against the Canadian Plastic Bag Association. “With Victoria winning, that created the opportunity to look further at banning single use plastic bags.”

ALSO READ: BC Supreme Court rules in favour of Victoria’s plastic bag ban

Desjardins said a timeline for Esquimalt has not yet been established, but council anticipates hearing back from staff in the early new year.

Saanich is also looking into adopting a similar bylaw, with an aim of having it implemented by June 2020.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Esquimalt CouncilPlastic Bag BanTownship of Esquimalt

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Guard cat’ retires early from B.C. Aviation Museum

North Saanich museum finds forever home for mascot Marcus the cat

Close call has North Saanich councillor appealing for traffic safety

Coun. Jack McClintock is using an incident involving his daughter to highlight traffic safety

Ninja groups could be setting children up for identity theft, online safety expert says

‘When I started seeing entry codes into secure buildings, I’m thinking oh my God, what are we doing?’

Saanich Peninsula steps into post-pandemic phase

Pending partial re-opening of local schools signals new start

VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

Love flourishes at Peace Arch Park, but COVID-19 concerns loom

South Surrey park becomes only place for international couples to meet

UPDATE: B.C.’s Central Kootenay issues evacuation orders for hundreds of residents due to flooding

An evacuation alert covers all areas except the Cities of Castelgar and Nelson

PHOTOS: Thousands gather at Vancouver Art Gallery to protest racism

Rally is in response to the deaths of black Americans and a Toronto woman

Number of students returning is a wild card as B.C. schools reopen Monday

A common model will see other teachers work four days a week in class then the fifth remotely,

Toronto Raptors’ Ujiri says conversations about racism can no longer be avoided

Thousands have protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men across the United States

‘I’m afraid’: Witnesses of wolf attack on senior near Prince Rupert worried about safety

Frank Russ shows where the unprovoked wolf attacked his father

Most Read