Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Department of Environmental Protection
 
* DEP Home * About DEP * Programs * Contact * Site Map * Search
MyFlorida.com  
Retail Bags Report - List of Retail Bag Policies - North America Corner of Tab Highlights
Africa
Map | List
Asia
Map | List
Australia
Map | List
Europe
Map | List
North America
Map | List
South America
Map | List
USA
Map | List

Canada

  Canada

 

British Columbia

  British Columbia

 
Vancouver

 Vancouver

  In 2008, the city of Vancouver has proposed a ban on plastic disposable shopping bags.  Currently, the proposal is under review by the British Columbia government in the legal department.  In addition, the Retail Council of Canada, the Canadian Grocery Distributors, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers and the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores have submitted a plan to reduce plastic bag distribution by 50% over a 5 year period.  [updated 12-01-09]

Manitoba

  Manitoba

 
Leaf Rapids

 Leaf Rapids

  In April 2007, the municipality of Leaf Rapids in Manitoba, Canada banned plastic shopping bags. Initially, the town started with a levy on the bags and then moved to an outright ban.
 
NWTerritories

  Northwest Territories

  On January 15, 2010, all grocery stores in the Northwest Territories, Canada began charging a mandatory $0.25 charge on all paper and plastic bags.  This fee is part of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Waste Reduction and Recovery Program Expansion.  The intent of the program is to reduce litter in the Northwest Territories. T his fee does not include bags used for unpackaged bulk items, prescriptions, or bags used a primary packaging for prepared food. The fees are used to help fund the Northwest Territories’ Environment Fund.   [added 03-11-10]

Nova Scotia

  Nova Scotia

  All liquor stores in Nova Scotia, Canada agreed to cease giving out plastic bags as of fall 2008.
 
Ontario

  Ontario

 
Toronto

  Toronto

  The Toronto City Council approved a 5 cent charge on plastic shopping bags that took effect on June 1, 2009. Also, retailers may only provide bags that are accepted by the Toronto recycling program meaning that biodegradable bags are banned because they are not accepted. In June 2012, members of the Toronto City Council voted to not only remove the fee but also to prohibit retails from providing or selling plastic shopping bags. The fee will no longer be effective in July 2012 and the ban will take effect on January 1, 2013.   [updated 09-03-10 and 07-24-12]
 
Quebec

  Quebec

  All liquor stores in Quebec, Canada have agreed to ban plastic bags by 2009.

Amqui

 Amqui

  In 2008, the town of Amqui, in Quebec, Canada has a voluntary plastic bag use reduction pact with merchants and will institute a small tax on the bags.  [updated 12-01-09]

Huntingdon

 Huntingdon

  In January 2008, the small town of Huntingdon, Quebec passed a bylaw that bans plastic bags.

Montreal

 Montreal

  Montreal, Canada has plans to ban plastic shopping bags some time in 2009. Additionally, a popular liquor store, SAQ, has instituted a surcharge policy on plastic and paper bags as of September 2008. This surcharge is expected to reduce the use of such bags by 4%. The policy goes on to ban plastic and paper bags from stores by January 2009.
Haiti

  Haiti

  In August 2012, the office of the Prime Minister of Haiti announced a ban on the import, manufacture and marketing of black plastic bags and polystyrene foam boxes used for to-go food. The ban was effective October 1, 2012 and was enacted in order to reduce litter in the streets and canals of the nation. Bags used for drinking water are exempted from the ban. [added 10-09-12]

Mexico

  Mexico

 
Mexico City

 Mexico City

  On 8/19/09 a new ordinance was enacted that prohibit businesses from giving out thin plastic bags that are not biodegradable. The law affects all stores, production facilities and service providers within the city limits. In October 2010, the ordinance was reformed. The changes removed penalties for traders giving away plastic bags to consumers but fines for stores not providing biodegradable bags still exist. The update also requires the Ministry of Environment to create standards for sustainable production and consumption of plastic products. In July 2011, the standards were published and changed the ordinance further. Beginning in July 2012, biodegradable bag manufacturers must now use Mexican laboratories to prove that the additives in their products will degrade. Furthermore, all plastic bags distributed to consumers must have at least 10 percent recycled content. The original prohibition on thin plastic bags no longer exists.  [updated 12-17-10 and 03-07-12]



Information about retail bag regulation activities is changing constantly.  We welcome your input.  If you have additional sources, or updates to current information on this website, please email
Johanna.Poston@dep.state.fl.us.

Last updated: September 09, 2013

Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program #850-245-8707 MS #4550