Fort St. John kids urge City Council to tackle plastic bag issue

Photo: Alwin Holland students handed out brochures to City Councilors, which explain why the city should tackle the plastic bag issue – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Students from the Grade 5/6 class of Alwin Holland Elementary School stepped up to City Council on Monday, and urged Fort St. John to limit its use of plastic bags in the area.

The class prepared an Environmental Awareness project, titled Bag the Bag, and presented it to members of Council.

Teacher Mrs. Gonzales said she wanted to teach her students about environmental awareness and local government. Around two weeks ago, Gonzales took her students on a field trip to an area behind the North Peace Secondary School, to pick up discarded plastic bags.

She said she was amazed at how many bags her students found.

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During the presentation, eight students suggested implementing a ban, restriction or charge on plastic shopping bags in the municipality. The students worked together to deliver their overall goal.

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The city can’t implement a plastic bag-ban in Fort St. John because it is out of the city’s jurisdiction. However, City Manager Dianne Hunter says it’s possible to work on other options. She says the city could work with retailers in the area to start charging a fee for plastic bags.

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Mayor Lantz says during his short time on council, the presentation was one of the most innovative he has ever seen.

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