Solid Waste & Recycling


Beaconsfield, Quebec, bans single-use plastic bags

BEACONSFIELD, QC – The City of Beaconsfield, Quebec, a part of Montreal, has adopted a bylaw which prohibits the distribution of certain single-use shopping bags in retail stores located inside its boundaries.

On October 22, City Council voted in favour of the implementation of a new by-law which will take effect on April 1, 2020.

This prohibition specifically targets oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable, biodegradable and traditional plastic bags less than 50 microns thick.

This by-law is in line with the actions taken by the City to implement its i3p project, which is designed to identify model and innovative projects, accelerate the implementation of sustainable and ecological projects, increase knowledge and skills at the regional level, and build partnerships with local experts to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“We are proud to follow this initiative already adopted by other municipalities. Cities play a central role in climate protection. By adopting this by-law, we demonstrate our commitment to fight climate change. Reusable bags are the most ubiquitous items known by all, but all too often forgotten. This way, we play a positive role and we hope to motivate our residents to adopt a more sustainable behaviour towards the use of these types of bags,” says Mayor Georges Bourelle.

The City will conduct a campaign to help raise awareness among residents and targeted retailers in the coming months.