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Plastic Bag Tax motion from North Vancouver

The following is text of the Plastic Bag Tax motion from North Vancouver:


Submitted by: Councillor Harris, North Vancouver


Moved by Councillor HARRIS, Seconded by Councillor MACKAY-DUNN and CARRIED 


WHEREAS plastic bag use has mushroomed in North America and Western Europe with four to five trillion of them produced in 2002, ranging from large trash bags to thick shopping totes to flimsy grocery sacks;


AND WHEREAS after being discarded, many plastic bags litter our environment and end up in waterways, and ultimately, the ocean where they impact the health of marine life;


AND WHEREAS every year more than 6 million tonnes of rubbish is dumped into the world’s oceans and it is estimated that there are over 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of the ocean;


AND WHEREAS in March 2002, the Government of Ireland imposed a 15 cent tax on each bag to control the country’s consumption of 1.2 billion plastic shopping bags per year.  The consumer was charged at check out and behaviour changed immediately.  The tax resulted in a 90 to 95 percent drop in consumption and more than a billion fewer bags consumed annually;


AND WHEREAS the so called “PlasTax” also raised 9.6 million dollars in its first year that the Irish Government earmarked for a “green fund” for waste management and environmental initiatives.  Retailers in Ireland, many of whom are now selling reusable bags, are also happy since they were spending $50 million a year on single-use bags before the tax;


AND WHEREAS more dramatically, approximately 18 million litres of oil have been saved due to reduced production of plastic bags.  These bags start as crude oil, natural gas or other petrochemical derivatives.  They are transformed into chains of hydrogen and carbon molecules known as polymers or polymer resin.  After being heated, shaped and cooled, the plastic is ready to be flattened, sealed, punched or printed on;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the District of North Vancouver petition the Provincial and Federal Governments to impose a PlasTax on plastic bags similar to the Government of Ireland;


AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that this recommendation be forwarded to the UBCM and FCM for consideration at the 2006 Conventions.


The resolution was forwarded to the Union of BC Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for consideration at the upcoming Conferences.  The FCM has advised that it will be considered at the National Board of Directors meeting in September.  The UBCM Conference will be held in October.  As required by UBCM, the resolution has also been forwarded to the Lower Mainland Municipal Association for consideration at the Annual Meeting being held May 10-12.  The resolutions will be considered on Wednesday morning, May 11, 2006.

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