COURTENAY, B.C. – The City of Courtenay wants to hear from you about its proposed single use plastics regulation bylaw.

The City is seeking public feedback on a bylaw that would prevent businesses from offering single-use plastic bags and plastics straws within Courtenay.

If implemented, the new regulations would likely be phased in over time to give both businesses and consumers time to adjust.

“We are actively looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact,” Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells said. “This proposed bylaw would help lower the plastics entering our landfill, our recycling stream, and ecosystems, including the sensitive marine environment we are so lucky to have at our doorstep.”

According to a city release, an important part of the decision-making process is understanding the practices and preferences of both residents and businesses in Courtenay.

Feedback is invited until May 17 through an online survey located at www.courtenay.ca/plastics.

Hard copies of the survey are available at Courtenay City Hall.

Single use plastics generally refer to plastic products that are considered disposable and only used once before they are recycled or more commonly thrown away.

A number of municipalities on Vancouver Island have either finalized or are in the process of instituting bylaws, aimed at reducing the impact of single use items.

For more information call Courtenay City Hall at 250-334-4441 or visit www.courtenay.ca/plastics