The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) anticipates an announcement from the Ontario Government that it will drop conventional plastic shopping bags from the LCBO. CPIA says it “wants to set the record straight: Banning plastic shopping bags from the LCBO is a bad environmental decision, one that is based on politics rather than scientific fact.”
“Targeting plastic shopping bags is not the answer to our collective environmental concerns. The answer lies in wise use and the 3R’s — reduce, re-use and recycle. Contrary to popular belief, the traditional plastic bag that you get at Ontario stores is highly recyclable. In fact, there is now a $2 billion business (growing at 14 per cent per year) in North America recycling plastic bags and other plastic film into plastic lumber products like decking, park benches and even new plastic bags.