The City of Parksville will ban single-use retail plastic bags starting March 1, 2019. — NEWS file photo

The City of Parksville will ban single-use retail plastic bags starting March 1, 2019. — NEWS file photo

Single-use retail plastic bags to be banned in Parksville March 1

Over the next few months, the city will undertake public education outreach

Single-use retail plastic bags will be banned in the City of Parksville starting March 1, 2019.

This plastic bag ban does not apply to the sale of plastic bags intended for use at the customer’s home or business, provided that they are sold in packages of multiple bags.

Single-use plastic bags will be permitted under the bylaw if specifically used in the following ways:

  • Package loose bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grain or candy
  • Package small hardware items such as nails, screws, nuts and bolts
  • Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish which may be prepackaged
  • 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 do not fit easily in a reusable bag
  • Protect clothes after professional laundering or dry cleaning.

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The implementation of a $150 fine for not following the bylaw will be postponed until March 1, 2020.

Over the next few months, the city will undertake public education outreach to promote awareness of the city-imposed ban and to ensure a smooth transition and support to Parksville businesses.

— Submitted by the City of Parksville