This regulation is designed to complement and expand on the actions taken by various BC municipalities and the federal government. It makes clear the fee structure for paper and reusable shopping bags, and standardizes the regulations and fees across the entire province. 

From December 20, 2023, federal regulation will ban the sale, as well as import and manufacturing of plastic bags, preventing the use of plastic shopping bags in Canada. It will also ban the sale, import and manufacturing of specific single-use plastic food service ware made from problem plastics, including PVC, polystyrene foam and oxo-degradable plastics.

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