Plastic Carry-out Bag Bylaw

Woman holding plastic carry-out bags


Updated September 9, 2019:

The Province of BC has initiated a province-wide review of policies and solutions being considered to address plastic waste, including single-use plastic bag bans. In light of this, the City of Kamloops is currently monitoring the outcome of the Province's review to determine next steps and resume engagement with businesses and the public on the Plastic Carry-out Bag Regulation Draft Bylaw.


July 9, 2019—Staff presented Council with a summary of the key issues and opportunities that were expressed by businesses and stakeholders on the proposed approach to regulate carry-out bags. Staff also presented a draft bylaw


Updated September 9, 2019:

The Province of BC has initiated a province-wide review of policies and solutions being considered to address plastic waste, including single-use plastic bag bans. In light of this, the City of Kamloops is currently monitoring the outcome of the Province's review to determine next steps and resume engagement with businesses and the public on the Plastic Carry-out Bag Regulation Draft Bylaw.


July 9, 2019—Staff presented Council with a summary of the key issues and opportunities that were expressed by businesses and stakeholders on the proposed approach to regulate carry-out bags. Staff also presented a draft bylaw to regulate the use of carry-out bags and asked Council for authorization to further engage with the public and business stakeholders.

Council authorized staff to continue to engage with the public and business stakeholders to further assess and prepare for the regulation of carry-out bags. A full summary of community and public engagement initiatives and results will be available in the fall once all consultation opportunities have concluded.


On April 2, 2019, City Council directed staff to draft a bylaw prohibiting business licence holders from providing plastic carry-out bags and to present the draft bylaw for Council’s consideration on July 9, 2019.

A plastic carry-out bag is defined as a “bag with handles that is made of plastic, including biodegradable or compostable plastic”. Plastic carry-out bags are used to transport items purchased by customers and include bags to carry retail items and bags used to package take-out food or food that is being delivered.

The 2019-2022 Council Strategic Plan includes direction to implement strategies to reduce our community’s impact on the environment. The purpose of the proposed bylaw is to reduce the creation of waste and its associated municipal costs and to show environmental leadership by minimizing our impact on the environment.

Kamloops businesses received an invitation to provide input through a survey which concluded on June 16, 2019. Responses will be taken into account when staff draft the bylaw and will be used to shape future engagement with the community in the fall.

Kamloops residents are encouraged to register or follow this project by selecting an option on the right-hand menu to stay informed and receive updates on future public engagement opportunities.

  • Province-Wide Review - September 2019

    6 days ago
    The Province of BC has initiated a province-wide review of policies and solutions being considered to address plastic waste, including single-use plastic bag bans. In light of this, the City of Kamloops is currently monitoring the outcome of the Province's review to determine next steps and resume engagement with businesses and the public on the Plastic Carry-out Bag Regulation Draft Bylaw.

    Business owners and residents are encouraged to participate in the provincial survey which closes on Wednesday, September 30. Take the survey now.

    To receive project updates and notification of future engagement on this project, register now.

    The Province of BC has initiated a province-wide review of policies and solutions being considered to address plastic waste, including single-use plastic bag bans. In light of this, the City of Kamloops is currently monitoring the outcome of the Province's review to determine next steps and resume engagement with businesses and the public on the Plastic Carry-out Bag Regulation Draft Bylaw.

    Business owners and residents are encouraged to participate in the provincial survey which closes on Wednesday, September 30. Take the survey now.

    To receive project updates and notification of future engagement on this project, register now.
  • Project Update & Survey Summary - July 9

    2 months ago

    On July 9, 2019, staff presented Council with a summary of the key issues and opportunities that were expressed by businesses and stakeholders on the proposed approach to regulate carry-out bags. Staff also presented a draft bylaw to regulate the use of carry-out bags and to asked Council for authorization to further engage with the public and business stakeholders.

    As part of preparing the draft bylaw, an online survey was available from June 7 to 16 to inform local businesses of the proposed bylaw and to consult on how the regulation of plastic carry-out bags might affect their business operations.

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    On July 9, 2019, staff presented Council with a summary of the key issues and opportunities that were expressed by businesses and stakeholders on the proposed approach to regulate carry-out bags. Staff also presented a draft bylaw to regulate the use of carry-out bags and to asked Council for authorization to further engage with the public and business stakeholders.

    As part of preparing the draft bylaw, an online survey was available from June 7 to 16 to inform local businesses of the proposed bylaw and to consult on how the regulation of plastic carry-out bags might affect their business operations.

    Council authorized staff to continue to engage with the public and business stakeholders to further assess and prepare for the regulation of carry-out bags. A full summary of community and public engagement initiatives and results will be available in the fall once all consultation opportunities have concluded.

    The June business survey’s key findings include the following:

    • 58% of respondents described their business as an” independent owner operator”, 21% as a national chain, 9% as an international chain, and the remainder as a provincial chain or other.

    • 30% of respondents categorized their business as a specialty retailer, 16% as a restaurant/café, 12% as a clothing store, 30% as other, and the remainder as a grocery, hardware, discount, or warehouse store.

    • 41% of respondents indicated that a regulation on plastic carry-out bags would have a negative impact on their business, with comments noting customer inconvenience, cost increases, constraints of corporate brand/supply chain, and the potential for increased theft (i.e. with more customers carrying their reusable bags while shopping, there is an increased risk that they could be used to conceal items).

    • 50% of respondents indicated that a regulation on plastic carry-out bags would have a positive impact on their business, with comments noting the environmental benefits, waste reduction, cost savings, and opportunity to sell reusable bags.

    • The majority of survey respondents (74%) provide plastic carry-out bags to their customers free of charge, while 5% of respondents charge a fee for plastic bags.

    • Survey respondents currently offer alternatives to plastic carry-out bags (upon customer request) as follows: use a customer’s reusable bag/bin (93%); provide cardboard boxes (30%); provide paper bags (28%); sell reusable bags/bins (26%).

    • The majority of survey respondents (54%) said they would need up to three months to phase in a bylaw to regulate plastic carry-out bags, 23% stated they would need three to six months, and 23% said they would need more than six months.