Valérie Plante says Montreal will ban plastic bags this year

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says the city is going to modify its plastic bag bylaw to ban them in all shapes and forms by the end of this year.

“We can’t wait 1,000 years to make decisions,” Plante wrote on Twitter.

In 2016, the previous administration passed a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags that are less than 50 microns (or 0.05 millimetres) thick.

But retailers began distributing thicker bags that are not banned by the bylaw.

Plante says she wants to change the bylaw as quickly as possible.

The Trudeau government also promised back in June to ban single-use plastics — which could include bags, straws and cutlery — as early as 2021.


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