LEAF RAPIDS, Manitoba — This town, in conjunction with Bring Your Own Bag, a reusable enviro-bag program, has become the first Canadian municipality to ban single-use plastic bags. Under Bylaw 462, retailers will no longer be permitted to give away or sell single-use plastic shopping bags. Only multi-use, reusable bags will be accepted. Anyone who contravenes the bylaw could face a fine of up to $1,000. Leaf Rapids was inspired by countries like Australia and Ireland, where taxes and bans ...

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