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Manitoba consults on plastic bags

Manitoba is seeking public input on proposals to help the province reach its 2008 target to reduce plastic bag...


Manitoba is seeking public input on proposals to help the province reach its 2008 target to reduce plastic bags by 50 per cent within five years. The province set that target in the Guideline for Plastic Bags under the Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Regulation (Man. Reg. 195/2008) under the Waste Reduction and Prevention Act.

To reach the target, industry has to undertake measures to reduce plastic bag demand. Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) is launching a new industry program in spring 2010 to manage plastic bags and other packaging and printed paper.

In addition to the program, the province is looking at several proposals, which include:

  • Setting a minimum requirement of 25 per cent post-consumer recycled material for all plastic carry-out bags that are sold and distributed in Manitoba, before raising the minimum to 50 per cent within five years.
  • Getting all larger stores that distribute plastic bags to have take-back recycling programs for the bags.
  • Imprinting a message on all plastic bags sold or distributed in Manitoba reminding users to reuse or recycle the bags.
  • Requiring certification for all compostable or biodegradable plastic bags that are sold and distributed in the province.

More information on the consultation is available at the province’s website:

www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/pollutionprevention/plastic_bags.html

This news item first appeared on our affiliate news service EcoLog (12/16/2009 11:57:00 AM). To learn more, visit www.ecolog.com


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