Sainte-Thérèse bans plastic bags

More and more cities in the North Shore are banning the use of plastic bags in an effort to act green and save the environment.  The City of Sainte-Thérèse has adopted a by-law governing the distribution of shopping bags on Thérèse territory, which will come into effect on September 12, 2022.

This move aims to reduce the quantity of residual materials produced as well as greenhouse gas emissions in this time of climate change.

Prohibited bags

As of September 12th , merchants will no longer be able to distribute, sell or offer conventional, compostable, biodegradable and oxodegradable or oxofragmentable plastic bags, as well as conventional paper bags.

The bags allowed

There are certain types of bags however, that will be allowed to be distributed in the retail businesses of Sainte-Thérèse. These are:

Reusable bags, paper bags that are completely recycled or contain at least 40% post-consumer fibres, unwaxed, recyclable or compostable paper packaging bags, plastic used for hygienic purposes to contain food products such as meat, poultry, fish or bulk products, packaging bags used in an industrial process, recycled plastic bags containing advertising material , as part of a door-to-door distribution packing bags distributed by a business offering dry cleaning services and finally packing bags for tires.

According to announcement by the city, sincebusinesses play a key role in encouraging the adoption of eco-responsible habits with their customers, they can find help at the city site with all kinds of useful information and downloadable pdfs.

“For all your shopping, remember to bring a reusable bag. And above all, use the bags you already have before getting a new one!” one can read at the city announcement.

With this by-law, the City of Sainte-Thérèse complies with the Metropolitan Residual Materials Management Plan, which provides for the adoption by the municipalities of the Montreal Metropolitan Community of a by-law prohibiting the use of plastic bags.