Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Single-Use Shopping Bag Bylaw Evaluation

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

Problems With Plastic Bags

Check out this GREAT prezi by Akshaya, Grade 7,
on the problems with plastic bags.
Click here

Monday, March 28, 2011

Albatrosses Dying of Plastic

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

You must see this! Click here

Monday, March 7, 2011

Italy Banned The Plastic Bag

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

War on Plastic Bags from Coast To Coast

Check out this article what's happening across Canada with single use plastic bags. It's also an interesting look at a woman who started making her own produce bags.

The War On Bags From Coast to Coast

Credo Bags

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Santa Loves the Bag Monster

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.