The Municipality of Wood Buffalo is conducting an evaluation of the ban, since we are nearing the one year mark of the ban's implementation.
The city is interviewing 600 businesses and 600 randomly phoned residents.
You can also give your input at http://www.recycle-more.ca/
Please take the 10 minutes to fill it out. The program will accept one survey per computer.
The deadline is August 15. Since many people are out of town on holidays and might not know about this, can you please forward this link to everyone who can share their thoughts.
By Sept. 1, we will have kept 50 million bags from local landfill.
We continue to be part of a global movement, and people are aware of our city's efforts. Santa Monica CA and Browsville Texas both banned single use plastic bags, as has the whole country of Italy. We're a leader in banning all single-use bags, not just plastic. Way to go Fort McMurray! Let's keep supporting the ban.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
|Photo by Chris Jordan, albatross|
Albatrosses are sea birds that mistake plastic washed up on shore for food. This photo is taken by Chris Jordan, who has taken dozens of photos of albatrosses that have died in the South Pacific Ocean. The plastic is everything imaginable - bottle caps, toothbrushes, parts of containers. The parent bird also feed plastic to their babies, so they're dying too.
Check out more photos here
Check out Youtubes of Midway Island and the problem here
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Monday, March 7, 2011
On January 1, 2011 Italy banned all plastic single-use bags from being distributed in stores. It's the first entire country in Europe to ban the plastic bag. Fort McMurray is still further along since we've banned single use bags of all materials (paper, corn, etc.)
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Before Christmas, the Bag Monster/Lady ran into Santa Claus. He said he was very proud of the efforts Fort McMurrayites have made with reducing waste. He says he uses the biggest of reusable bags on his Christmas Eve voyage (his mega sac full of gifts!)
In the first 3 months of the bag ban, Fort McMurray has kept 6.3 million single-use bags from going into landfill.
When talking with a police officer the same day, she mentioned that in a 3-day weekend, our city created trash at the landfill the size of a football field, 8 feet deep. That's without the bags.