Bass optimistic after UBCM meeting

A Kamloops councillor pushing to ban single-use plastics is optimistic after meeting with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver.

Coun. Dale Bass — who earlier this year spearheaded the city’s examination into banning plastic carryout bags — said deputy minister Mark Zacharias advised council the province expects to announce a more global approach to plastic pollution next spring.

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The province has been collecting feedback from B.C. residents on a multitude of actions, from banning single-use packaging to recycling more plastics and expanding the deposit-refund system.

Bass said she was pleased by the news and pointed to her original motion, which also called for the city to examine banning plastic straws and cutlery.

“I was not happy when cutlery and straws were taken out of the motion to begin with,” Bass said.

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