Montreal to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags as of 2018

Connector Spring 2016

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has announced the city is banning single-use plastic bags as of Jan. 1, 2018.

“You will understand that our plan is the result of extensive analysis and thoughtful reflection,” Coderre said. “Lightweight bags, which are used by the billions, are volatile and represent a clear environmental concern.”

The city is intentionally giving consumers, as well as the retail industry, nearly two years to adjust before the ban kicks in. The ban applies to lightweight plastic shopping bags, specifically ones that are less than 50 microns (or 0.05 millimetres) thick, as well as bags that are oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable, oxo-biodegradable and biodegradable.

Certain bags are exempt from the ban for hygienic reasons, such as small plastic bags used for fresh vegetables or medication. Coderre said he thinks Montreal’s approach to the bag ban will become a model for other cities.

Six other Canadian municipalities already ban single-use plastic bags:

  • Leaf Rapids, Man.
  • Thompson, Man.
  • Huntingdon, Que.
  • Deux-Montagnes, Que.
  • Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality, Alta.
  • Brossard, Que.

Coderre’s announcement comes after the city’s environmental committee recommended banning the bags in December.

Source: CBC News