Recently the British Columbia Government began a public consultation period on “proposed new actions to reduce the plastic waste polluting the province’s waterways, environment, and landfills.”
“The message from British Columbians is loud and clear – we need to take action to reduce plastic waste, especially single-use items like water bottles and plastic bags that often find their way into our waters, streets, and environment,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
Here in Merritt reducing single-use plastics has long been on Mayor Linda Brown’s radar. While she’s not prepared to come to the Council table looking for a city-wide ban, Mayor Brown did mention taking some internal steps first.
“I’ve asked (CAO) Scott Hildebrand to look into our own ability to deal with plastics. That way we can look as a city and say this is what we’ve done, then put it out to the public and say now we’re asking you to do the same,” said Mayor.
While Brown admits it’s going to be a marathon, not a sprint, she believes the lead must be taken by the city.
“I’m not so worried about the criticism, I just think it’s the right thing to do. If we ask others to do it, we should be doing it ourselves,” said Brown. “It’s the right thing to do, we are inundated with single-use plastics.”
British Columbians are encouraged to comment on the Provincial recommendations until Sept. 18, 2019.
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