Proposed bylaw at-a-glance
Lunenburg Town Council is considering a bylaw to regulate single use plastics (SUPs). If approved, businesses and community groups would no longer be allowed to sell or distribute items below that are, in part or whole, made out of plastic. Exceptions are proposed for medical reasons and emergency services.
Items proposed for regulation, beginning January 1, 2020:
Produce/bulk food bags
Cutlery (such as eating utensils and stir sticks)
Single serving condiment packets (such as butter, ketchup, jam, sauces, etc.)
Disposable containers for ready-to-eat/take-out food
Single serving beverage bottles/containers (under 750 ml)
Disposable beverage cups and lids
To read the full proposed draft bylaw, click here.
Why we need mandatory regulation
Convenience items disproportionately litter and contaminate Lunenburg’s municipal waste streams
Unsustainable business practice leaves responsibility with taxpayers
Throw-away culture not aligned with community values
Plastic pollution threatens Lunenburg’s heritage brand and tourism dependent businesses
Bylaw creates level playing field for businesses
Bylaw creates a consistent, manageable experience for residents, customers and visitors
Opportunity for Lunenburg to lead the movement away from SUPs, with other communities following.
Plastic Free Lunenburg recommends the following to support our community in transitioning away from SUPs:
Form a Transition Team with multiple stakeholders to guide the change
Plan communications and celebration so everyone is aware and equipped to participate
Increase accessible water refilling stations, with the Blue W program
Install clear, consistent, sortable waste receptacles throughout town
Guide businesses, community groups, festivals to make the changes