At Tuesday's City of Calgary Council Meeting, city council voted to start the process of scrapping the recently introduced single-use plastics bylaw.

While the bylaw can not be scrapped right away, a public hearing must be held first which is scheduled to take place in the spring.

So, while many Calgarians and Airdronians have shared their disappointment in the bylaw it will be in place for a few more months.

The bylaw was originally implemented on January 16. The bylaw applied to  'any businesses providing new paper or reusable shopping bags and/or foodwear  accessories to customers including grocery or convenience stores, retail stores, fast food, restaurants, cafes, bars and coffee shops.' The bylaw also encompasses vendors at festivals, special events and markets. 

While the bylaw is still in place Albertans can expect to pay 15 cents for a bag and will only receive foodware accessories when requested in Calgary.

When the bylaw was first implemented the question arose if the City of Airdrie would follow suit. According to officials, Airdrie does not currently regulate waste management for the industrial, commercial or institutional sectors.

"It is up to the businesses to comply with any federal regulations that apply to them. The city continues to bring awareness to waste diversion and reuse through education campaigns, presentations, tours and participation in community events."

Just recently, the Federal Court issued a ruling overturning the federal government’s Ministerial Order designating all plastic-manufactured items to be “toxic substances”.

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