Mayor says Montreal will ban all plastic bags this year

Feb 5 2020, 8:38 am

Mayor Valérie Plante says the City of Montreal will ban all plastic bags in retail stores this year.

The mayor took to Twitter to announce that “we can’t take 1,000 years to make decisions,” ahead of the city’s Wednesday morning executive committee meeting.

The city’s previous administration passed a bylaw in 2016 that bans single-use plastic bags less than 0.05 mm thick. The ban applies specifically to lightweight plastic bags (or those under 0.05 mm thick), as well as oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable, oxo-biodegradable, and biodegradable bags.

Plante did not add a specific date as to when the ban would take effect but expect more details to trickle through following today’s committee meeting.

Currently in Montreal, individuals who fail to abide by the existing plastic bag ban could be fined between $200 and $1,000, while businesses could be fined between $400 and $4,000.

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