January 09, 2018

Montreal rings in new year with plastic bag ban: Environmental “virtue signalling” trumps shoppers

David MenziesMission Specialist

 

Happy New Year, Montreal shoppers! The city rang in the new year with a ban on plastic shopping bags, becoming the latest nanny state municipality to protect you by making your life more miserable.

The ostensible policy reason for the ban is the low recycling rate, but if that’s the case, maybe more effort should go into improving the rate as opposed to a ban?

After all, maybe the rate is low because people are re-using plastic bags rather than tossing them in the trashcan, and if so, in the hierarchy of the Three Rs, doesn’t “Re-Use” trump “Recycle”?

Retailers that haven’t been mandated by the state to forgo plastic bags are opting to virtue-signal by rolling out slimmed-down plastic bags thin as onion skin so if you’re transporting something heavy, you’ll need to double or even triple-bag the merchandise.

Montreal is taking choice away entirely because our elected officials seem to think they know what’s best for us, even when they don’t.

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commented 2018-01-10 02:58:43 -0500
The plastic bag ban applies to those bags thinner than 50 microns thick (0.05 millimetres), for which customers were charged 5 cents. So now some supermarkets will be replacing them with thicker plastic bags at 15 cents each!

So how does the environment benefit?
commented 2018-01-10 02:48:54 -0500
Mark Chadwick… Took the words out of my mouth… Maybe they could use a few million bags o take the poop out of the St. Lawrence?…
commented 2018-01-10 01:19:11 -0500
Dan Mancuso: Boxes used for online purchase deliveries has increased. So now the govt is going to come up with a new way of recycling them.
Government keeps reinventing the wheel.
commented 2018-01-09 21:29:24 -0500
I guess it’s still ok to flush their sewers down the St Lawrence but draw the line at plastic bags .
commented 2018-01-09 19:34:46 -0500
A few months ago I was in line behind a person in a grocery store that when asked if he wanted plastic bags for his groceries said in a louder than necessary voice, “No, I have cloth bags!”, then proceeded to put his purchased plastic Kitchen Catcher garbage bags into his cloth grocery bag.

I thought to myself at the time, “Why doesn’t he just put his garbage into the plastic grocery bags and not spend the money on buying plastic garbage bags.”, but then I realized he does it so he can virtue signal that he is better than thou.
commented 2018-01-09 16:11:41 -0500
PAUL MCCULLOUGH commented 2018-01-09 13:50:16 -0500
- They bring in plastic bags to “save the trees” & get people to stop using paper bags. Then the wind changes & now plastic is out & paper is in again – until the wind changes again. Environmentalism, an exercise in insanity drawn out over time.

I had to ditto that!
They’ve tried the same thing here in BC. Now they ask if you want one – or paper – and I always tell ‘em, “These are good skookum plastic bags. I use, and re-use these bags.”
I just wish they’d get rid of the smell…
commented 2018-01-09 14:39:54 -0500
I will say it yet again Pink Floyed had it right with ‘The Wall’
commented 2018-01-09 13:50:16 -0500
- They bring in plastic bags to “save the trees” & get people to stop using paper bags. Then the wind changes & now plastic is out & paper is in again – until the wind changes again. Environmentalism, an exercise in insanity drawn out over time.
commented 2018-01-09 13:43:11 -0500
Let’s elect people that actually ignore their constituents and do whatever they want when they want and charge it forward to future generations.
Oh,come to think of it,we already do this .
commented 2018-01-09 12:48:09 -0500
To make plastic you need oil don’t you?