Plastic Bag Reduction Act Consultation
Congratulations Islanders and Island businesses on making the switch to reusable bags. It's keeping PEI eco-friendly. You are asked to provide feedback on the implementation of the Plastic Bag Reduction Act that began July 1, 2019.
This consultation is now closed.
Visit princeedwardisland.ca/checkoutbags for information about the switch from single-use checkout bags to reusable bags.
Some suggested updates to the legislation received to-date…
- Definition change: "small paper bags” are defined as less than 15 cm x 20 cm (300 sq cm) when flat according to the current Act. The suggestion is to amend to less than 600 square cm (approximately the size of a standard 8.5” by 11” sheet of paper).
- New definition: “pre-packaged” means foods or other goods completely enclosed by wrap or container.
- New definition: "prepared food” means food that is ready for immediate consumption.
- New exemption: exempt “clear plastic bags” used to package goods containing liquids that may reasonably be expected to leak.
- Proposed Amendment (Section 9) Graduated Implementation: The current Act proposes to increase the mandatory minimum fee for a paper bag from 15 cents to 25 cents and to increase the mandatory minimum fee for a reusable bag from $1 to $2, effective January 1, 2020. It has been proposed that the current fee is sufficient to encourage the reduction in single-use bags and to promote responsible and sustainable business practices in Prince Edward Island.
Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change