Thompson, Subartic City In Canada, Bans Plastic Bags

Thompson, Subartic City In Canada, Bans Plastic Bags

Credit: Bobak Ha'Eri. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Click for license.
Hub of the North
Thompson, a city located in northern Manitoba, Canada is known for its subartic climate. For nine months of each year, the climate is so bitterly cold that many automobile manufacturers and aerospace companies use Thompson as a testing site for their products.

As the third largest city in the province, Thompson has just under 14,000 residents. However, with two fully enclosed malls along with numerous federal and provincial government agency offices, Thompson is a regional trade and service center for many Manitoba residents.

Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban
The City of Thompson has passed By-Law Number 1839-2010 known as the Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban. The By-Law takes effect on December 31, 2010.

The By-Law prohibits the sale or give-away of plastic bags. The By-Law states specifically: "No person shall sell or provide single-use plastic bags free of charge or allow single-use plastic bags to be sold or provided free of charge". This includes biodegradable bags that are below 2.25 mil thick. It was reported that the City Council had been considering the ban for many years.

To learn more, visit the city's website at

Cover photo: City Hall, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. Author: Bobak Ha'Eri. License: CC-By-SA-3.0

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