Plastic Bags Banned in NL as of July
The Provincial Government has announced that retail plastic bags will be banned in the province as of July 1, 2020.
In April of last year, the government amended the Environmental Protection Act and began drafting regulations to ban the distribution of retail plastic bags.
Consultations on whether and how to implement the ban were held in March 2019, and more than 3,000 submissions informed the drafting of the regulations.
Since the passing of the legislation, residents, businesses, governments and organizations have been actively decreasing the amount of plastic waste created by these bags and working to put alternatives in place.