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The municipalities of Shediac, Beaubassin-est and Cap-Pelé have adopted a by-law limiting the distribution of certain single-use plastic bags by businesses as of January 1, 2021. This initiative is part of the EcoVision 2025 strategy, which aims to ensure a healthy environment and a high quality of life for the region’s citizens.

One Step Closer To a Healthy Environment

Specifcally, this involves eliminating plastic bags used for shopping. This includes biodegradable or compostable plastic bags. These still have a signifcant impact on our ecosystems, given the time they take to decompose. To reduce waste at the source, the use of reusable bags is encouraged.

Exceptions to the New Regulation

Please note that the by-law exempts bags used for the following purposes:

• Package loose bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains or candy, 
• Package loose small hardware items such as nails and bolts,
• Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish, whether pre-packaged or not, 
• Wrap flowers or potted plants,
• Protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not pre-packaged, 
• Contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy,
• Transport live fish,
• Protect linens, bedding or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag,
• Protect newspapers or other printed material intended to be left at the customer’s residence or place of business, 
• Protect clothes after professional laundering or dry cleaning, 
• Protect tires that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag,
• Collect and dispose of animal waste.

Steps to Follow in Businesses

The adoption of this new by-law, which offers an adjustment period until December 31, 2020, marks a new step towards the sustainable development of the region.

This by-law comes into force on January 1, 2021.

As of January 1, 2021 a business will no longer be authorized to supply a plastic shopping bag to a customer. Only paper bags will be allowed, but customers will first have to be asked if they need one. If so, the business will have to charge for each bag. Any person who violates any provision of this by-law is guilty of an o offence and is liable to be fined if convicted. The minimum fine for an offence committed under this by-law is $140 and the maximum fine is $2,100.

Where an offence committed under this by-law continues for more than one day:

(a)  the minimum fine that may be imposed is the minimum fine established in this by-law multiplied by the number of days during which the offence continues;
(b) the maximum fine that may be imposed is the maximum fine established in this by-law multiplied by the number of days during which the offence continues.

For more information: (506) 577-2030 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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