Halifax is another step closer to an outright ban on single-use plastic bags.
A decision at Tuesday's council meeting means we should know by the end of the year if it's the end of the line for the bags.
Regional council voted 13-4 yesterday in favour of asking for staff to draft a by-law by no later than December, that would eliminate the distribution of single use plastic bags.
The by-law will write the ban as an immediate one, with no voluntary approach ramping up to a full ban.
Staff have also been directed to create an educational campaign for residents and businesses about reducing single-use plastics.
Councillor Tony Mancini told Global News this is the time for businesses to start preparing.
"Let's make sure we speak to small businesses along the way, let's make sure a lot of businesses buy bags a year in advance so they can get the price point they're looking for," he said.
Councillors Steve Craig, Steve Streatch, David Hendsbee and Bill Karsten were the four councillors who voted against the motion.
Staff will also work with other Nova Scotia municipalities in an effort to create a makeshift province wide ban on the bags.