Update for members:

During a press conference this morning, the mayor of Montreal, Mr. Denis Coderre, announced its decision to ban plastic bags on the territory of the City of Montreal, starting January 1st, 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 and medicines, will not be affected by the ban.

RCC’s press release:

City of Montreal’s press release:

Important update regarding the ban in Brossard, which will take place in SIX (6) MONTHS:

RCC found out that many paper bags will be subject to the ban imposed by the City of Brossard, in addition to plastic bags.

To be excluded from the ban, paper bags will have to be made out of 100% cellulosic fibers.

Therefore, 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.

RCC has submitted a meeting request to the mayor of Brossard, to discuss this issue and explore more viable solutions for the industry.

Next steps:

  • RCC will continue its representations to the Montreal Metropolitan Community’s (CMM) working group.
  • RCC will request meetings with the ministers of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Mr. Martin Coiteux, and Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Mr. David Heurtel.
  • RCC will follow up on its meeting request with the mayor of Brossard.
  • These approaches aim to circumscribe regulations that municipalities can adopt regarding the management of plastic bags on the Quebec territory.

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