The Town of Drumheller is looking at becoming a more environmentally friendly community by targeting plastic bag use.

At a recent council meeting a discussion started about a possible plastic shopping bag ban in the town, which is leading to the creation of a survey for Drumheller residents to participate in.

"We want to see what the people of Drumheller think about it. There are a few communities that have banned the use of plastic bags," explained Mayor Terry Yemen.

 Fort McMurray has already banned the bags, Edmonton is looking at a similar ban and Montreal will have a plastic shopping bag ban in effect starting in 2018.

"A plastic bag is here forever and ever and ever. They're causing concerns all over the world," elaborated Yemen. "It would be one positive step if we could do something about it."

He added council has asked Town administration to look at various options such as paper and reusable bags or whether a ban should be implemented.

It starts with a survey, which will be posted on the Town website for residents to offer their feedback.

Yemen says no date has been set for the survey but is hopeful it'll be ready in the next few weeks.  


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