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Banning single-use plastic bags

Banning single-use plastic bags in Montreal

By-law 16-051 prohibiting the distribution of certain shopping bags in retail stores will come into force on January 1st, 2018, in Montréal.

The ban starts on January 1, 2018

The ban for merchants offering light plastic bags to consumers will take effect on January 1, 2018. It applies to all establishments whose main activity is the sale of merchandise at the retail level.

A grace period for compliance will be granted through June 5, 2018.

Prohibited bags

  • Traditional plastic shopping bags (less than 50 microns thick)
  • Oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable or biodegradable plastic bags

Bags that are not prohibited

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 by-law

  • Use reusable bags
  • Use compliant bags only when absolutely necessary
  • Place into recycling the plastic bags that remain in circulation
  • Ask the cashier for Adhesive Tape Handles to carry items like (scott paper towels, diapers, water packs...)

adhesive tape carry handle - plastic bags alternative - eco friendly - retail store



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