Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fines Kick in for Montreal Merchants Who Give Thin Plastic Bags

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fines Kick in for Montreal Merchants Who Give Thin Plastic Bags

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Plastic bags in Montreal: fines kick in

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MONTREAL - Fines have kicked in for Montreal merchants who give customers thin plastic bags.

The ban was implemented on Jan. 1 but retailers were given a five-month grace period.

The measure covers the distribution of lightweight plastic bags with a thickness of less than 50 microns as well as biodegradable bags, which contain an additive that causes them to decompose in heat and light.

There is an exception for the thin bags that are used in grocery stores to transport fruit and vegetables to the cash register or to wrap up meat.

City officials have said lost or abandoned plastic bags are a visual nuisance that cause considerable harm to terrestrial and marine ecosystems and often end up in landfills. …

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