The Town of Pincourt does its share for the environment by subscribing to the ban on plastic bags on its territory.
PLASTIC BAG BAN IN RETAIL STORES
On April 22, 2019, in honour of Earth Day, the Town of Pincourt adopted a new by-law prohibiting the use of single-use plastic shopping bags on its territory.
By banning plastic bags in retail stores, the Town of Pincourt is following in the footsteps of the municipalities of Greater Montreal by doing its part and contributing to the global collective environmental initiative by encouraging consumers and retailers to adopt eco-responsible behaviour.
Remember to bring your reusable bags with you when you go shopping!
Information: Reusable Bags (in French only)
What’s the reason for the ban on single-use plastic bags?
Between 1.4 and 2.7 billion shopping bags, mainly made of plastic, are distributed each year in Quebec. Only 14% of these bags are recycled. The ban on single-use plastic bags aims to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment.
Three statistics to remember
1 second: its manufacture, in addition to being very simple, is extremely fast
20 minutes: its use begins at the time it is distributed to the trader and ends with the individual
1 000 years: after being dumped, the bag puts on average up to 1 000 years to degrade in nature
In practical terms, the plastic bag ban aims to:
- Support reduction at the source.
- Encourage the use of reusable and recyclable bags.
- Reduce the number of abandoned plastic bags in terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
- Stem the volume of bags sent to landfills entirely by 2025
- Harmonize municipal regulations over the MMC’s territory.
Bags targeted by the ban
The ban applies to the distribution of plastic shopping bags less than 50 microns thick and also covers oxo-biodegradable, biodegradable and compostable bags.