Edmonton’s Single-use Item Reduction Bylaw (20117) helps reduce waste by targeting items such as shopping bags, cups and straws that can easily be avoided or replaced with reusable options. The goal is to reduce single-use items, not to switch from plastic items to non-plastic items. 

“Single-use items” include items that are made of plastic, as well as those made out of wood, bamboo, cardboard or any other material. 

This bylaw (20117) applies to most organizations that are required to hold a business licence or civic event permit (for 1,500+ attendees) issued by the City of Edmonton.

Exemptions exist for charities, organizations without a business license and some types of business. However, Canada’s Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations override some municipal exemptions.