Montreal to forge ahead with city-wide ban on plastic shopping bags in 2018

MONTREAL - The City of Montreal is pushing forward with a plan to ban thin plastic shopping bags by January 2018.

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Mayor Denis Coderre said today the decision reflects what Quebecers want and that they are increasingly preoccupied with being responsible consumers.

Montreal would be the first major Canadian metropolis to adopt such a measure if it proceeds.

Toronto tried and failed in 2012, while at least five smaller Canadian municipalities have instituted bans since 2007.

The city's plan is one that might also be adopted by the 80-odd communities representing the Greater Montreal area.

The Montreal suburb of Brossard announced last week it would introduce a ban on thin, plastic shopping bags by Sept. 1.



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