Sign our petition for a plastic bag ban in Fredericton!

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Let’s tell Fredericton City Council it’s time to move beyond plastic bags.

Waste is an ever-growing issue that far too long has been shrugged off. From New Brunswick’s lack of a household composting program, recyclables that are diverted but not actually being recycled, to the acceptance of excessive packaging or use of single-use plastics such as cutlery, straws or plastic bags, we know we can do better — and the time is now.

Last year university students launched a petition for a province-wide ban on plastic bags following polling that showed more than 70 per cent of respondents in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John are in favour of the move. New Brunswick’s Minister of the Environment, Jeff Carr, recently told CBC he’s watching how other jurisdictions are tackling the issue and that he wants to see more conversation on the topic in N.B. before moving forward. The conversation has already started in Moncton, so, Frederictonians, let’s get talking about it!

Sign our petition to Fredericton City Council today and join us in calling for a ban on single-use plastic bags in Fredericton. An excerpt of the petition is below, followed by the full text and the form where you can add your name electronically.

Want to help us collect signatures? Download your own print version and ask your friends, family and colleagues to sign, or pick one up at our office, Conserver House (180 St. John Street, Fredericton) or at participating businesses across town.

Whereas nearly 90 per cent of plastic in Canada is not recycled but rather pollutes our lakes, parks, oceans, landfills, or is incinerated;
Whereas once plastics are in the environment they, on average, take more than 400 years to degrade while leaching toxic chemicals into the natural environment, harming or killing wildlife, and contaminating ecosystems;
Whereas plastic shopping bags require natural gas to be produced and therefore have a significant carbon footprint and upon disposal leach methane (a greenhouse gas) in the presence of sunlight;
Whereas 2.86 billion plastic shopping bags are used in Canada per year;
Whereas Montreal and Victoria have banned single-use plastic shopping bags, P.E.I. has made plans to enact a ban, and the Moncton and Halifax city councils are considering a ban;
Whereas there is public opposition towards the use of single-use plastic bags in Fredericton, with three-quarters (74 per cent) of Fredericton residents supporting a ban on plastic shopping bags (Source: Corporate Research Associates poll conducted spring 2018).

PETITION TO THE FREDERICTON CITY COUNCIL / PÉTITION AU CONSEIL MUNICIPAL DE FREDERICTON

(Le Français suit)

TO HIS WORSHIP & COUNCIL OF FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK:

Whereas nearly 90 per cent of plastic in Canada is not recycled but rather pollutes our lakes, parks, oceans, landfills, or is incinerated;

Whereas once plastics are in the environment they, on average, take more than 400 years to degrade while leaching toxic chemicals into the natural environment, harming or killing wildlife, and contaminating ecosystems;

Whereas plastic shopping bags require natural gas to be produced and therefore have a significant carbon footprint, and upon disposal, leach methane (a greenhouse gas) in the presence of sunlight;

Whereas 2.86 billion plastic bags are used in Canada per year;

Whereas Montreal and Victoria have banned single-use plastic bags, P.E.I. has made plans to enact a ban, and the Moncton and Halifax city councils are considering a ban;

Whereas there is public opposition towards the use of single-use plastic bags in Fredericton, with three-quarters (74 per cent) of Fredericton residents supporting a ban on plastic shopping bags (Source: Corporate Research Associates poll conducted spring 2018).

THE PETITION OF THE UNDERSIGNED HUMBLY SHEWETH THAT THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILLORS OF FREDERICTON RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR GREATER ACTION IN REDUCING CONSUMERISM WASTE, AND AS A SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARD THE ENDEAVOR, SUPPORT A BAN ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS

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AU MAIRE ET AU CONSEIL DE FREDERICTON, NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK

Attendu qu’au Canada, près de 90 % du plastique n’est pas recyclé, mais pollue nos lacs, nos parcs, nos océans et nos décharges, ou est incinéré;

Attendu que, lorsque le plastique se retrouve dans l’environnement, il lui faut, en moyenne, plus de 400 ans pour se dégrader et que, durant ce temps, il émet dans la nature des produits chimiques toxiques susceptibles de nuire à la faune ou de la détruire et de contaminer les écosystèmes;

Attendu que les sacs de plastique nécessitent du gaz naturel pour être produits, que, de ce fait, ils ont une importante empreinte carbone et qu’une fois jetés, ils émettent du méthane (un gaz à effet de serre) en présence de la lumière du soleil;

Attendu que 2,86 milliards de sac de plastique sont utilisés au Canada chaque année;

Attendu que Montréal et Victoria ont interdit l’utilisation des sacs de plastique à usage unique, que l’Î.-P.-É. planifie la promulgation d’une interdiction similaire et que le conseil municipal de Moncton et de Halifax envisagent une interdiction;

Attendu que le public s’oppose à l’utilisation des sacs de plastique à usage unique à Fredericton, où les trois-quarts (74 %) des résidents sont en faveur d’une interdiction des sacs de plastique (Source : Sondage réalisé par Corporate Research Associates au printemps 2018).

LES SOUSSIGNÉS APPELLENT LE MAIRE ET LES CONSEILLERS DE LA VILLE DE FREDERICTON À RECONNAÎTRE LA NÉCESSITÉ DE PRENDRE DES MESURES CONCRÈTES POUR RÉDUIRE LES DÉCHETS LIÉS AU CONSUMÉRISME ET, À CETTE FIN, À APPUYER L’INTERDICTION DES SACS DE PLASTIQUE À USAGE UNIQUE DANS LA VILLE DE FREDERICTON

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