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Banning single-use plastic bags

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Single-use Plastic Bags Ban

Since January 1st 2018, bylaw 16-051 prohibites the distribution of certain shopping bags in retail stores in Montréal.

The ban for merchants offering light plastic bags to consumers  applies to all establishments whose main activity is the sale of merchandise at the retail level.

 

Prohibited Bags

 Traditional plastic shopping bags (less than 50 microns thick)

 Oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable or biodegradable plastic bags

 

Allowed Bags

Plastic bags used exclusively to carry food items to the cash register of a retail store or to protect these items, for hygiene purposes, from direct contact with other items (fruits, vegetables, nuts, bulk confectionery, prepared foods, meat, fish, bread, dairy products, etc.)

 

Why Ban Single-use Grocery Bags?

In addition to being a visual nuisance, lost or abandoned plastic bags have a significant impact on terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Their decomposition in landfill sites may take several hundred years. In addition, the ban on the distribution of certain bags is intended to encourage reduction at source, which advocates among other things, the reduction of packaging.

Using reusable containers and bags and banning single-use products are two simple gestures that promote reduction at source.

 

Best Practices to Comply with the Bylaw

 Use reusable bags

 Use compliant bags only when absolutely necessary

 Place into recycling the plastic bags that remain in circulation

Use Adhesive Tape Handles to carry items like (scott paper towels, diapers, water packs...)

 

 

 

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