This is just the beginning for Clearview Township.
The municipality has implemented a voluntary ban on single-use plastics and has asked staff to develop a plan that will see a full ban on single-use plastics by July 2021.
The voluntary ban includes single-use plastic shopping bags, plastic water bottles, plastic cutlery, straws and stir sticks.
The ball got rolling last summer when a motion brought forward by Councillor Thom Patterson to implement a voluntary ban on single-use plastics got the support of township council.
To back up Clearview’s commitment, staff has been asked to phase out the sale and use of bottled water and the use of single-use plastics at municipally-owned facilities and events, and to increase the use of personal water bottle refilling stations.
The township even has a new “Quench Trailer” that will be at community events to assist access to refilling water bottles.
Clearview residents and businesses are encouraged to support the voluntary ban by investigating and using alternatives that protect the environment.
Council does acknowledge that some single-use plastics may be required for specific reasons such as accommodating health needs, or for food safety.