Proposed Single-Use Items Bylaw
Single-use items are intended for one use before they are thrown away. These include grocery bags, straws, containers, cups, and cutlery.
The Town of Banff has developed a Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy that combines voluntary and regulatory measures that will help reduce single-use items. The Town strives to be a model environmental community, adopting and implementing innovative programs to protect and enhance the natural environment.
Guiding Principles of the Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy
- Intentional use of the word items rather than only plastics
- Move away from disposable and avoid unintended consequences
- Focus on to-stay, bring your own, and reusables, NOT disposable items made of alternative materials
- Focus on unnecessary convenience items and what we can control as a municipality
- Integrated approach and made in Banff solution, informed by best practice
Proposed Single-Use Items Bylaw
To complement voluntary programs and initiatives, the Town of Banff is developing a Single-Use Items Bylaw with regulatory measures to reduce single-use items. A bylaw will provide businesses and residents with clear, consistent practices that make sense in Banff’s unique context.
A public survey and information webinar were held in September 2022 to gather feedback on the proposed bylaw. Learn more at banffviewpoints.ca/singleuse
A draft bylaw will be presented to Council in Q4 of 2022. If passed, a grace period of at least six months would be granted prior to the bylaw coming into effect.
The proposed bylaw would include the following regulations:
Require that businesses provide reusable products for dine-in services
- Includes any food or beverages that are consumed on the premises of a business; this includes plates, bowls, cups, and accessory items
- Businesses that do not have seating on their premises and are take-away only must provide a reusable option for take-away services
Customer must request accessory items like utensils, straws, and pre-packaged condiments
- Includes single-use spoons, forks, knives, chopsticks, utensils, straws, stir sticks, splash sticks, cocktail sticks, toothpicks, pre-packaged condiments, and napkins
- Self-serve stations are not permitted
Businesses must have a written policy to accept reusable customer cups and containers
- Businesses may set their own standards for when they will accept customer cups and containers; for example, they can refuse unsanitary customer containers.
- Supports individuals, especially locals, who are able and choose to bring their own reusable items
Businesses must charge a minimum fee of $0.50 on disposable cups
- Targets customers who do not bring their own mug
- Businesses are also encouraged to offer a discount for reusable cups as well; however, research shows that fees are more effective than discounts in changing behavior
Plastic bags would be banned, and businesses must charge a minimum fee on paper ($0.25) and reusable ($2)
- Higher fee for reusable bags helps avoid unintended consequences of over purchasing
Any remaining disposable food ware must be recyclable or compostable within Banff’s waste streams
- Ensures that any disposable food ware used is accepted in Banff’s streams if sorted properly