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Halifax committee rejects staff proposal, votes for full plastic bag ban

The committee to go against a staff recommendation, instead voting to ask regional council to outlaw single-use plastics entirely
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It could be the end of the line for single-use plastics in much of Nova Scotia. 

Halifax's Environment and Sustainability Committee on Thursday voted for a ban that would include more than just HRM. 

The committee to go against a staff recommendation, instead voting to ask regional council to outlaw single-use plastics entirely. 

A staff report called for a voluntary program to start, easing pressure on businesses by urging them to reduce use of plastic bags without bringing in a ban right away. The committee rejected that idea, and now regional council will decide if the ban will become reality. 

As part of Thursday's decision, council will be asked to work with Nova Scotia's 10 largest municipalities to create a by-law that would create a patchwork provincial ban. 

The Nova Scotia government has said no to a province-wide ban, which was the first choice for many, including businesses. 

Committee chair Tony Mancini said there's widespread support for outlawing the plastics. 

The plan still depends on votes from numerous municipal councils.




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