Provincial Plastics Reduction

Posted: October 2, 2019

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Tofino and Squamish Lead Joint Submission to the Province on Plastics Reduction

The Districts of Tofino and Squamish have rallied local governments across British Columbia to work together to present a joint letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in response to the Province’s call for input to its Plastics Action Plan.

In all, 29 governments signed the letter aligning their voices and calling for the Province to adopt bold legislation to significantly reduce and regulate plastics in British Columbia. 

The joint letter highlights five topic areas which include:

  1. the need for a greater focus on reduction and reuse over recycling and disposal;
  2. clarification of local government authority to regulate for environmental reasons through local bylaws;
  3. an appeal for a stepped or phased implementation approach;
  4. improved extended producer responsibilities; and
  5. sufficient consultation with key stakeholders when policy tools are developed and evaluated.

The letter represents a unifying voice, which brings a strong message to the Province on behalf of municipalities and regional districts all over B.C.

Signatories include:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Capital Regional District
Cariboo Regional District
City of Chilliwack
City of Colwood
City of Courtenay
Village of Cumberland
Township of Esquimalt
Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
Village of Harrison Hot Springs
District of Mission
Regional District of Nanaimo
District of North Vancouver
Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen
Village of Pemberton
Town of Qualicum Beach
City of Rossland
District of Saanich
Town of Sidney
District of Sooke
District of Squamish
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
District of Summerland
Sunshine Coast Regional District
Village of Tahsis
District of Tofino
District of Ucluelet
City of Victoria
Resort Municipality of Whistler

Contact:

Elyse Goatcher-Bergmann 
Manager of Corporate Services
elysegb@tofino.ca
250-725-3229 ext. 610