Eliminate single-use plastic bags in the Creston Valley

Eliminate single-use plastic bags in the Creston Valley

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We demand that the Town of Creston pursue a bylaw banning the use of plastic bags by local businesses.

You may think that plastic bags are a quick and easy solution to carrying your groceries home. Plastics take 1000 years to breakdown, and even then – they’re not really gone.1 Microplastics make their way into the food chain – being consumed by fish and other marine life. If we don’t act now, by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish!2

According to Statistics Canada, Canadians produce approximately 25 million metric tonnes of waste annually.3 Of our plastic waste, just 11% is recycled with the remainder ending up incinerated, in landfills, parks, and oceans.4  Worldwide, 500 billion single-use plastic bags are used, 9 billion coming from Canadians.5

Companies and other communities around Canada are already taking action…

  • PEI, Montreal, Wood Buffalo, and Victoria have all passed bylaws banning plastic bags
  • IKEA will phase out single-use plastic products by 2020
  • A&W is phased out plastic straws by last year, with Starbucks following suit 6

…it’s time for Creston to act as well!

We're asking the Town of Creston to consider passing an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags by local retailers. This could take many forms, from a plastic bag tax to a complete ban on the bags.

This is a student-led initiative. The Grade 7/8 students of Yaqan Nukiy School have formulated this petition, researched the issue, and identified possible solutions. We will be submitting our case to the Town of Creston during the Spring Term, and hope for greater community support!

What can you do to help?

  • Sign this petition
  • Remember to bring reusable bags when grocery shopping
  • Purchase and store bulk and perishable food items in reusable containers
  • Talk to local businesses and encourage them to offer alternatives to plastic packaging