Single Use Plastic Bags

March 11, 2019: Day of Action for a ban on single-use plastic bags in NL.

Read our release here: MNL urges the province to show leadership and make a decision on banning single-use plastic bags.


Click here to download the #BanTheBag Day of Action Key Messages and Strategic Plan

Click here to download the petition

Reliable estimates inform us that eight million tonnes of plastic is finding its way into the oceans on an annual basis and here at home almost 50% of all windborne litter escaping from landfills is plastic, much of it single-use plastic bags that end up tangled in trees or floating in our inland & coastal waters.

In response, the members of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador have overwhelmingly passed two resolutions in favour of a provincial ban on single-use plastic bags and at the last Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) AGM more than a thousand delegates also supported a resolution to urge the federal government to create a marine litter mitigation strategy. According to the federal government, more than 150 million tonnes of plastic waste is clogging the oceans worldwide, and it’s estimated that plastic could outweigh fish by 2050.

On March 11, 2019, MNL will partner with the Plastic Bag Ban of Newfoundland and Labrador group to stage a #BanTheBag Social Media Day of Action to call on the provincial government to develop a province-wide ban on single-use plastic bags.

MNL is encouraging all municipal councils in Newfoundland and Labrador to write to The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Honourable Graham Letto encouraging the provincial government to take a leadership role in protecting our marine environment by banning single-use plastic bags in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Click here to download the template letter to Minister Letto (Microsoft Word)
Click here to download the template letter to Minister Letto (PDF)

Help us spread awareness of #BanTheBag by sharing the posts in the attached media strategy with your social networks. Click on the images to download a larger version and be sure you’re a part of the conversation by using #BanTheBag. MNL and Plastic Bag Ban NL welcomes the opportunity to be tagged on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


You can also show your support and sign our Plastic Bag Ban petition to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly about a provincial ban on single-use plastic bags.  Tell your fellow councillors, staff, and residents to sign the petition! Keep the petition accessible at your town hall and encourage residents to drop in and sign it.