Canadian businesses put their profits before their Environment.

Posted on September 27, 2016 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is questioning whether a province-wide plastic bag ban is the answer to a growing problem.


CFIB wrote a letter to Perry Trimper, federal minister of environment and climate change and the province’s Municipal Affairs minister Eddie Joyce, recommending the provincial government take a “cautious approach to completely banning plastic bags,” which is being advocated by a number of municipal leaders.

“Small business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador have indicated time and time again that they support protecting the environment, but wonder whether regulations like a plastic bag ban are necessary,” Vaughn Hammond, director of provincial affairs for CFIB in Newfoundland and Labrador, said in a news release.

“Plastic bags hanging off trees and shrubs and floating in ponds and rivers are certainly an eyesore, but banning single-use plastic bags may be an inappropriate solution.”

Hammond said in 2015, a voluntary plastic bag ban was introduced on Fogo Island with mixed results. Some business owners have kept plastic bags out of their stores, but many others on the island continue to provide them to customers. While these small business owners are using less plastic bags in their businesses, they find it necessary to have them as an option for customers.

“Providing plastic bags to customers is a cost of doing business and any efforts that can be made to reduce costs, particularly in this economic environment, should be welcome by small business owners,” said Hammond. “By working together, the small business community and the municipalities should be able to find a more effective way to curb plastic bag use in the province.”

Shame on them.  They say giving bags away is a cost of business.    If people bought reusable bags they wouldn’t have that cost.   Banning bags can only be good for the place they live in.