Single-Use Plastic Retail Bag Reduction Project - Proposed 'Roadmap'
--F. Work, Director of Engineering & Public Works
A report providing information and recommendations regarding a proposed process for engagement to reduce single-use plastic retail bags in the City.
Late Item: Presentation & Past Reports and Attachments
Recommendation:That Council direct staff to complete the following activities between April and September 2017: 1. Empower stakeholder groups and volunteers to engage the community on the detriments of plastic bag waste and the benefits of reusable bags; 2. Support the civic engagement process with stakeholder-workshops for business, industry, advocate and resident groups to share their unique perspectives related to future bag reduction regulations; 3. Work with business stakeholders to promote a set of voluntary commitments / pledges to reduce retail bag use, such as detailed reporting of bag usage, improved signage and education, retail bag take-back programs, reusable bag donation centres, and voluntary bag fee/ban actions etc. 4. Develop and implement a design competition for a City of Victoria's sustainable reusable retail bag, with a financial reward of $2,000 to be funded through the solid waste management budget. 5. Report back to Council in October 2017 prior to the final opportunity for public comment on the issue of single-use plastic retail bag reduction regulations.
1_Report_Single-Use Plastic Retail Bag Reduction Project - Proposed 'Roadmap'
2_Attachment_COTW Report May 26, 2016
4_LATE_COTW Council Motion_October 10, 2015
5_LATE_Attachment 1 - Surfrider Foundation letter
6_LATE_Attachment 2 - Legal Brief on Municipal Powers
7_LATE_Attachment 3 - Draft Bylaw
8_LATE_Attachment 4 - Business letters of support
9_LATE_Attachment 5 - Yakelashek letter
10_LATE_Attachment 6 - Popham letter
11_LATE_Attachment 7 - Petition - online comments
12_LATE_Attachment 8 - Petition - online