(July 17/18) Prince Edward Island has become the first province in Canada to ban plastic bags at check-out, including those used for take-out food.

More details and regulations will be coming as the provincial government works through the details, but a private member’s bill passed in June will mean the end of single-use plastic check-out bags as of July 1, 2019. Click here to read a full copy of the new legislation.

In place of plastic bags, recyclable paper bags may be provided at a cost to customers of no less than 15 cents, or reusable bags at no less than $1.

For more information on this story, check out the following articles:

Ban of single-use plastic bags now legislation in P.E.I. (The Guardian P.E.I.)

P.E.I. may become first province in Canada to ban retailers from offering plastic bags (The Star)

P.E.I. passes bill that would make retailers charge for plastic bags before banning them in two years (National Post)

If you have any questions or concerns, you can send them to Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada’s Vice President, Eastern Canada, at lerjavec@restaurantscanada.org.

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