The municipalities of the Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM), which are home to half the population of Quebec, decided Thursday to prohibit the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags from 2018.
Criticized for decades for their environmental costs, including the oceans, plastic bags are already proscribed Parisian markets and France will impose a total ban in 2016.
“Following my visit to the COP21, we had to take concrete action, so in the wake of what Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris, Ed) fact, Montreal followed suit,” said AFP Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.
Named last week as head of Metropolis, the association of the world’s major cities, Mr. Coderre called on the leaders of the 140 metropolitan areas of the organization to consider such a ban.
“Plastic bags are a scourge,” observed Mr. Coderre, indicating that Montreal now plans to examine “a gradual and pragmatic” in the case of water bottles, cutlery and “everything is disposable in plastic”.
Unanimously, the CMM, chaired by Denis Coderre, adopted the “Resolution on the disposal of plastic bags for single use.”
As of April 22, 2018, marking the Earth Day, “the use of disposable shopping bags that are not biodegradable, or fully recyclable” will be banned in the 82 municipalities of the CMM, according to resolution.
The agglomeration of Montreal counts 3.9 million inhabitants, making it the second Canadian city after Toronto.
According to the CMM, “between 1.4 and 2.7 billion shopping bags, especially plastic bags are distributed annually in Quebec.” However, only 14% of these bags are recovered then they need 1000 years to decompose.
“These bags are harmful to the environment because their production requires petroleum products and water and generates greenhouse gases,” further emphasizes the MWC.