It’s time to ditch single-use plastic bags in Saanich

June 9, 2021

News release

For immediate release

It’s time to ditch single-use plastic bags in Saanich 

Saanich, BC – The District of Saanich is reminding the public and businesses that single-use plastic bags are to be phased out as we inch closer to the Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw coming into effect August 20, 2021.

“Reducing the negative impacts that discarded plastic bags have on the environment and our municipal facilities and services is a small but significant step toward becoming more sustainable as a district and community,” said Mayor Fred Haynes. “I look forward to seeing the creative solutions our residents adopt that don’t require a single-use bag.”

The purpose of the bylaw is to regulate the use of single-use checkout bags by residents and businesses in an effort to reduce litter and waste in our community and our landfill.

Quick facts:

  • Saanich residents use approximately 200 single-use plastic bags each every year. Reducing waste can lead to lower District operating costs and increased service levels that enhance the quality of life and experience for all Saanich residents and visitors.
  • Pending final council adoption later this month, the Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw will regulate business practices and states that new single-use plastic bags cannot be distributed to customers after August 20, 2021. Residents can continue to reuse their existing plastic bags.
  • Businesses will be still be permitted to provide paper bags at a charge of fifteen cents.
  • Information and printable resources are available on


Media contact:
Kelsie McLeod
Saanich Communications