On August 23, despite our efforts and representations to city officials (meetings, letters, follow-up) and despite a meeting with Québec Premier’s Office to ask for a moratorium, the City Council adopted a by-law banning plastic bags within the limits of the City of Montreal as of January 1, 2018.

The ban will target shopping bags under 50 microns and oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable and oxobiodegradable bags. Bags of 50 microns and thicker, reusable bags and thin bags, for example those used for fruit and vegetables, will not be affected by the ban.

Click here to read the press release by RCC (in French only)

Reminder: City of Brossard - Any paper bag laminated with polypropylene or other petroleum derivatives will be banned on September 1st, 2016. In addition, any bag with a handle or a rope made out of a derivative of petroleum or even cotton will also be subject to the ban.

In addition to plastic bags under 100 microns, the ban in Brossard will extend to several types of paper bags. To be excluded from the ban, paper bags will have to be made of 100% cellulose fibres, including the handle.

Other municipalities that might ban plastic bags:

Municipalities in the Montreal Metropolitan Community – Municipalities are considering drafting a new by-law that would serve as a model for banning the bags in the other 80 communities in the MMC.

Saint-Sauveur – Briefings were held during the summer of 2016 in association with the local Chamber of Commerce ahead of a proposed by-law expected this fall.

Gatineau – The members of the Environment Committee have stated their intention to study the issue of plastic bags in the coming months.

Next steps:

• RCC will continue to push for a moratorium on the adoption and implementation of by-laws banning plastic bags while awaiting the results of the life-cycle analysis assessment conducted by the MDDELCC and RECYC-QUÉBEC.
• We will persist in our efforts to ensure the industry is involved in RECYC-QUÉBEC's study.
• We will continue our dialogue with municipalities contemplating the ban in order to get them to reconsider. If they choose to go ahead, we will ask the municipalities to harmonize their by-laws.
• RCC will take part in the first CMM plastic bag monitoring committee meeting on September 28, 2016.

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact M. Jean-Luc Benoît, Director of government relations, at 514-982-0267, extension 339, or by email at [email protected].