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The city’s new single-use law for bags, dishes, napkins and other items took effect Jan. 16, meaning Calgarians will pay for bags and ask for extras on delivery, drive-thru and takeout orders. .
Starting Tuesday, businesses will charge a mandatory minimum fee of 15 cents for a new paper shopping bag and a dollar for a reusable bag, and they will be issued only if a customer requests them.
The law was approved by city council last year to reduce single-use waste in Calgary.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Ward 13 Councilman Dan McLean, who voted against the charter last year.
“I doubt (McDonald’s) will start lowering the price of Big Macs unless they give you a bag.”
Disposable utensils, condiments, napkins and paper straws will also be sold on request only under the new rules.
“Let’s choose to say no to junk shopping bags or things like extra spice packets and cutlery and make it a habit to bring our own reusable options instead,” said Sharon Holland of Calgary.
“The big problem is that most of them are not recycled. Most of them are not compostable. They often end up as garbage on our streets or in the river.”
Howland added that the biggest change for consumers will be in the car.
“I see a handful of ketchup, a handful of napkins, a bunch of straws and plastic utensils and things like that,” he said.
“Under the new regulation, we’re trying to reduce those emissions.”
Francine Gomez, co-owner of Cluck N Cleaver, said her business relies on paper bags and takeout containers for its customers.
“The intention is there,” he said.
“I think there are a few more kinks that need to be addressed in the provider.”
According to him, its price has already taken into account the additional costs, and now businesses may be stuck working with unimpressed customers.
“Would you like a bag, he’s obviously going to have a conversational problem when he’s carrying food,” he said.
“Ultimately, it’s up to businesses to make sure it works.”
According to the city, more than 10 million single-use items are thrown away every week, most of which end up in landfills or trash.
“We know that both retail and restaurant operators and Calgarians will have to get used to it, and so there may be a period of frustration,” said John Graham, director of government relations for the Retail Council of Canada. steppe region.
“Retailers stopped holding plastic bag inventory at the end of last year (in anticipation of the federal government’s plastic ban) and also in some cases to prepare for the need for paper bags. adequate supplies and processes to accept receipts or payments and reusable bags,” Graham said.
Victor Tipper, owner of Kensington’s Hidden Gems Market, said he still doesn’t believe every business knows what is and isn’t allowed.
“Actually, we have 90 enterprises here,” he said.
“And a lot of them are doing creations related to plastic and single-use. So if they’ve created something, we have to watch it now, is it confirmed or not?
The city said prepackaged products are not considered in the bylaws.
Surcharges do not apply to bags used for bulk products such as fruit and vegetables; bags used for packing bulk hardware, loose bakery products, meat, fish and frozen foods; packaged prescription drugs and bags used to protect items such as newspapers, dry cleaners, and plants.