Banning of Plastic Grocery Bags
Res #: 10-14M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Environment
WHEREAS plastic grocery bags are a source of pollution and disease;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Province of Saskatchewan to ban the sale and use of plastic grocery bags in the province.
Response from the Honorable Scott Moe, Minister of Environment
The Ministry of Environment is not considering banning plastic bags in Saskatchewan. We feel that education about switching to reusable shopping bags and promotion of recycling of plastic bags is a more effective management method than a direct ban as it changes behaviour and encourages recycling of plastic shopping bags.
Currently,there are several retailers across Saskatchewan accepting used plastic shopping bags at their stores. You can find recycling information on the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's website https://www.saskwastereduction.ca/.
Rural municipalities also have the opportunity to join the Multi-Material Recycling Program,the province-wide recycling program for household paper and packaging products,including plastic bags. This cost-sharing program provides financial support for local recycling operations. For more information about joining the program, please visit the Multi-Material Stewardship Western website at https://www.mmsk.ca/.