Montreal is getting rid of plastic bags

Aug 30 2016, 5:19 pm

Better start using your reusable bags.

The City of Montreal passed a bylaw last Tuesday that will prevent Montreal stores from selling plastic bags.

The decision has come in the wake of a recommendation given by the City of Montreal’s Environmental Committee earlier this year.

The bylaw will come into effect January 1, 2018 and applies specifically to lightweight plastic bags (or those under 0.05mm thick), as well as oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable, oxo-biodegradable, and biodegradable bags.

The small plastic bags, such as those used to bag fresh produce or medications, will not be banned due to health and safety reasons.

Individuals who fail to abide by the law will be fined anywhere between $200 and $1000, while businesses will face a fine between $400 and $4000.

It’s time to start getting into the habit of bringing your reusable President’s Choice bags!