Montreal’s plastic bag ban could extend to restaurants and home deliveries

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The opposition says the only motivation for the Plante government’s announcement is the local elections in November.

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Montreal is ready to pass the “most ambitious ban on single-use plastics in North America”.

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“After extensive consultation with our economic and environmental partners, the city of Montreal is changing its statute banning plastic bags in retail stores and will expand its scope to restaurants and home deliveries,” said a statement from the city. “These changes will come into effect 12 months after their adoption by the City Council on August 23rd.”

The city added that in 18 months, a new regulation will come into effect banning the use of certain non-recycled or non-recyclable items in retail stores and restaurants. The delays in both statutes will “allow businesses and restaurants to focus on economic recovery and empty their stocks (of plastics)” and allow the province’s packaging industry to “provide an adequate supply of reusable, recyclable and compostable items adapt and develop “. To meet needs. “

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Ensemble Montréal, the official opposition in town hall, said shortly after the announcement that the only motivation for the Plante administration to act was the local elections, which will take place in November.

“It has been three years since the Ensemble Montréal pursued this issue, especially with the submission of an application in May 2018 for the city to adopt a strategy to reduce plastic consumption on its territory,” said Ensemble Montréal environmental critic Francesco Miele , in a statement. “Our party can be proud that it pushed the government to make today’s announcement.”

Miele added that Plante has not yet responded to an opposition motion calling for a ban on plastic water bottles. He also said that while the government boasted its record of decontaminating land and dealing with the recycling crisis, the funds from Quebec to decontaminate land in the east of the island have not yet been used, and “Projet Montréal has spent tens of millions” Dollars in recycling triage centers that don’t work. “

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