Blue recycling bags will be the only single-use plastic bags allowed in Prince Edward Island once the plastic bag ban comes into effect on July 1, 2019.

Author: Kevin Yarr, CBC News

Blue recycling bags will remain as one of the few single-use plastic bags allowable after a ban comes into effect on P.E.I. on July 1.

The ban’s main target is grocery store bags, but covers other shopping bags as well. There are exceptions, such as bags for bulk foods, meat, and tires.

Island Waste Management CEO Gerry Moore listed a number of reasons for sticking with the bags.

Having a separate bag for paper means there is less contamination, he said, which makes it more marketable for recycling.

There are also significant savings on collection, which means Islanders pay lower rates.

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