Starting Tuesday, the use of plastic bags will officially be banned in all 19 boroughs of the City of Montreal.
As part of the new initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic, the City of Montreal shared that this will apply to retail stores and restaurants, including those offering take-out and home delivery… So, make sure to bring your reusable bags with you before leaving the house for your next shopping trip!
The point in making these efforts is to help clean up our environment and ecosystems as only 16% of plastic bags are actually recovered, while the rest are lost and take over 1,000 years to decompose, according to CTV News.
This is just the first step in making Montreal a cleaner city, however. Starting in March 2023, eight single-use plastic items will also be added to the list of items that will no longer be accepted in Montreal.
These items will be trays (except for meat or fish products), plates, containers and their lids, cups or glasses and their lids, stirrers, straws and utensils.
While this may come as a surprise to some, it is critical that the community comes together in making Montreal a greener city.