In an attempt to reduce the environmental impact caused by single-use plastics, as of July 1, 2019, single-use plastic "check out" bags will no longer be allowed in PEI.
For some Island businesses, this will be a big change. Here's what you need to know.
Fees for paper and reusable bags
As of July 1, 2019, businesses must charge a fee for paper and reusable bags.
|Date||Minimum fee per bag|
|July 1, 2019|
Paper bags: 15 cents
Reusable bags: $1
|January 1, 2020|
Paper bags: 25 cents
Reusable bags: $2
Fees do not need to be charged for "small" paper bags (smaller than 15cm x 30cm).
Plastic can still be used in some circumstances, like:
- Bulk food plastic bags for fruit, vegetables, nuts, candy or baked products.
- Bulk plastic hardware bags for nails, bolts or washers.
- Plastic bags for meat, poultry or fish and frozen foods.
- Bags used for potted plants or to wrap flowers.
- Packages for medical supplies or prescription drugs.
- Big plastic bags for things that won't fit in reusable bags like linens or bedding.
- The bags that protect vehicle tires between changeovers.
- Bags that cover clothing after dry cleaning.