According to an article in La Presse, Jean Charests government in Quebec is about to enact legislation prohibiting the sale of non-reusable water bottles. Acting on its opposition to new 15-litre bottles that must be disposed after use, the province will refer the problem to Cabinet.
Environment Minister Claude Bchard is reported as wanting prompt action in this matter, in order to prevent a similar situation to that of Ontario, where the containers enjoy growing popularity.
Bchard will, “within the next one to three weeks,” table a draft regulation “prohibiting the distribution of large non-reusable containers. The term “large containers” refers to any bottles with a capacity of more than eight liters.
This move follows water bottler Amaros introduction to the market of a new container that Minister Bchard believes is not environmentally friendly. Unlike the traditional 11- and 18-liter sizes, which can be reused a maximum of 70 times, the new bottles are thrown away or placed in the recycling bin after a single use.
Minister Bchard wrote a letter to Costco, in May 2006, asking them to stop selling this new type of water bottle.