Calgary Considers Municipal Role on Single-Use Plastics

The City of Calgary is looking at ways to protect the planet as a debate about waste reduction gets underway.

Items like plastic straws, utensils and styrofoam containers are disposable and end up in city landfills.

There is now a political consideration to impose an outright ban on single-use plastics, but Ward 11 Coun. Jeromy Farkas isn’t convinced.

“I am very reluctant to look to heavy-handed government solutions like outright bans and it’s not even clear whether we have that legal authority,” Farkas said Tuesday.

Ward 1 Coun. Ward Sutherland said he’s looking at creative ways to reuse plastics.

“Banning doesn’t solve the issue and it’s the same thing with stored plastics. We’re looking at roads, whether or not it can be shredded and put in asphalt,” Sutherland said.

There is also a consideration to levy fees to businesses using single-use plastics. Many businesses are already taking a proactive approach. Canary, a refillery in Calgary, is advocating for zero waste.

It’s a one-stop shop where consumers can bring their own containers and get them filled with home and beauty products. Co-owner Lisa Watts said consumers will come to demand it.

Craft Beer Market is another business taking a sustainable approach. Executive chef Dave Phillips said it makes good business sense to invest in better waste management. Craft has voluntarily chosen to get rid of their plastics and opt for compostable takeout boxes and straws made from corn.

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