Salmon Arm is proposing to be the second city in B.C. to ban plastic bags.
Mayor Al Harrison says city council plans to bring in legislation early next year that would ban single-use plastic bags, beginning on July 1st.
Speaking on the NL Morning Show today, Harrison says the B.C. government has told municipalities that it will eventually have a province-wide plastic bag ban.
“I’m not willing to wait. For us, the timing is right. We are going to curbside organics on July 1st of 2019, and it just seems like a natural to do the plastic bag ban at the same time.”
Harrison says they will work specifically with local grocers to come up with alternatives, adding he would prefer to see reusable bags used more often than paper bags as a replacement.
Victoria was the first B.C. city to ban plastic bags earlier this year.
Meanwhile in Kamloops, a petition is expected to come to city council asking for a similar ban here.