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City aims to reduce bag use

Calgarians and their consumer habits are starting to look greener and greener with each passing day.

The City of Calgary followed suit yesterday, as the Utilities and Environment committee agreed to carry two administration recommendations forward to council, and will be debated May 25, according to Ald. John Mar, who requested the initial administration report.

One of the recommendations calls for the city to work alongside retail industries to produce a voluntary-based reduction in the distribution of plastic shopping bags.

The second recommendation is to contribute to communication campaigns with consumers developed by retail and industry groups.

Mar said he’s pleased with the planned 50 per cent reduction over a five-year period and that it’s being conducted on a voluntary level.

“It’s largely going to be done on a retail level through their own partnership (with consumers) and it is not mandated by the City of Calgary,” said Mar.

He added that, “although never say never,” it’s not likely Calgary will follow in the footsteps of other cities with a tax or ban on plastic bags.

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