Montreal Leads the Way

The debate over whether to ban plastic bags, continue to charge for them, or to simply let retailers decide, rages on. Despite this, Montreal has decided to make a stand, and set a potentially welcome precedent in Canada since they will be the first large city to successfully do so.  They plan to implement the ban in 2018 (very appropriately on April 22nd), which theoretically should give businesses, and consumers, ample time to prepare for the change. The move comes after careful public consultation, and represents a desire from citizens to be more aware of how, and how often, they consume. This will be an excellent opportunity to see how the reality of banning these bags in a large urban settings plays out, and can provide useful information for other municipalities, such as Victoria and Vancouver, as they navigate implementing potential bans in their own communities.