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Plastic Bag Ban coming to PEI

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.


FAQ PEI Plastic Bag Ban
Fees for paper and reusable bags

As of July 1, 2019, businesses must charge a fee for paper and reusable bags.  

Fees for Paper & Reusable Bags
DateMinimum 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.