City passes motion to help reduce plastic bags

Fort St. John is taking a stance against plastic bags.

At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Councilors decided to send a recommendation to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

If passed, the UBCM will lobby the Provincial Government to implement a fee and recycling initiatives set in place for plastic bags.

But, Councilor Larry Evans says the City could do even better.

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He says Wal-Mart has a three-year plan to eliminate plastic bags from their stores.

However Councilor Dan Davies says the recommendation is all about making consumers more aware about their environmental footprint.

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In the end, the recommendation was passed and will now be heading off to the UBCM.

The recommendation stems from the May 11th meeting, when students from the Alwin Holland Elementary School presented a report to Council.  It asked the City to limit its use of plastic bags in the area.