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.