Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayoral candidate Don Scott launches public survey on the RMWB single-use shopping bag ban bylaw

(August 21, 2017, Fort McMurray, AB) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayoral candidate Don Scott has launched a survey to seek input from residents in regard to the single-use shopping bag bylaw enacted by the RMWB in 2009 and implemented in 2010.

“During time spent with constituents over the last few months, the ban on single-use shopping bags has surfaced several times as an issue residents feel strongly about,” said Scott. “One of the key points in my platform is the critical importance and value of honest and open engagement with the public, and in light of this I am launching a short survey on the single-use shopping bag ban bylaw to determine if this initiative is supported by the residents of this region.”

The single-use shopping bag ban bylaw was enacted in 2009 and prohibits the distribution of single-use plastic and paper bags through retail outlets in the region.

Said Scott: “In doing research on this issue I have discovered there is some variance in opinion and evidence as to whether or not reusable shopping bags have a significant beneficial impact on the environment; most critically though I believe this is an issue on which residents of this region should have the opportunity to express their thoughts in terms of continuing to support the bylaw or repealing it. As such I am hoping to garner community feedback through this survey, and I will share the results in the coming weeks. I believe we will build a strong tomorrow for our region through listening to our residents and ensuring the decisions we make are reflective of their needs and thoughts; I look forward to engaging residents on this issue to determine what direction they would like a newly elected Mayor and Council to take in regard to the current bylaw banning single use shopping bags.”

The survey is available at:

In addition, comments on this issue are welcome at the Don Scott for Mayor Facebook page at: To learn more about Don Scott’s platform or to get involved in his campaign for a stronger tomorrow, please visit

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