Single use plastics will soon be banned throughout the City of Delta.
At the Sept. 20th meeting of council, civic politicians unanimously approved a notice of motion brought forward by Coun. Dylan Kruger asking staff to report back to council on the necessary steps to implement a ban on single use plastics.
“This motion is a longtime coming. It’s time that Delta takes this step in my opinion,” said Kruger. “I know we have talked about this many times before, both at the council table as well as other committees of council. This is a step that other municipalities are taking throughout British Columbia. This is a step that the federal government is taking on a national level. We really don’t have any excuses anymore in 2021 to be using some of these single use plastic items when there are more environmentally-friendly alternatives available. Having said that, I do think it is important that we do this the right way. That we work with our business community, our business associations and the Chamber of Commerce. That proper notice is provided, and that it is noted this is the right thing to do for the sake of the environment, for the sake of the landfill and for the sake of fighting climate change.”
Prior to the implementation of new bylaws, council, through staff, will consult with relevant committees of council and representatives of Delta’s business community.
Delta staff will also be consulting with the City of Surrey, which is also consulting on the topic, to ensure that Delta’s bylaws fall in line with Surrey’s given the business community with shared interests along the Scott Road corridor in North Delta.
Coun. Bruce McDonald said he hopes to see a more collaborative approach to this with other Lower Mainland municipalities, and both the provincial and federal governments.
“In my view, and I hope this comes forward, where Metro [Vancouver], the Lower Mainland, the province and the feds all adopt the same process and move,” he said. “We went through the issue of pesticides where you could ban them in your community and then go 250 feet and buy as much as you want. I agree with this [plastic ban]. I support it, but it needs to be broader.”