“I left my reusable bags at home” will no longer be a valid response for shoppers in Victoria, B.C. following a plastic bag ban set to take effect July 1 in the provincial capital. The city had been mulling banning businesses from providing customers with plastic bags since 2015; the bylaw was officially passed last month.
While there’s certain exemptions for the new rules, the bylaw will help reduce the 17 million plastic bags used every year by Victoria residents, according to the city. Is it time for the mainland to consider a plastic bag ban?