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Newfoundland and Labrador plastic bag ban - what you need to know

Implementation delayed until October 1, 2020

As of July 1, 2020, businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador will not be permitted to provide plastic retail bags to customers. A plastic retail bag is a bag “made of plastic, including biodegradable or compostable plastic, but does not include a reusable bag”.

The change is being put in place to reduce waste, and to address the environmental damage caused by single-use plastic check-out bags. The regulation applies to all retailers who sell, or offer to sell, goods to the public. 

The ban does not apply to a bag used to:

  • package fruit, vegetables, candy, grains, nuts and other loose bulk food items;
  • package meat, poultry or fish, whether pre-packaged or not;
  • wrap flowers or potted plants;
  • protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not pre-packaged;  
  • transport live fish;
  • protect newspapers or printed material left at a person's residence or place of business;
  • protect clothes after professional laundering or dry cleaning; or
  • protect used tires taken off vehicles and placed in a person's vehicle.

The sale of bags, including plastic bags, intended for use in a person’s home or business, which are sold in packages of multiple bags, is still permitted.