Thursday, August 21, 2008

No Plastic Water-Bottle Ban for Montreal

Montrealers won't want to hear it, but we're lagging behind Toronto.

City Hall there is considering a ban on the sale of single-use plastic water-bottles as part of a larger effort to reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills.

The city of London, Ont., has already banned the sale of water bottles in their municipal buildings and more and more Canadian cities are considering doing the same.

Here in Montreal, the executive committee member responsible for environmental issues Alan Desousa tells CJAD news city hall is taking a different tack: advocating deposits on ALL single-use bottles including wine bottles.

Desousa says he's raised the issue at parliamentary hearings in Quebec City, calling for a province-wide deposit policy to encourage the return, re-use and recycling of single-use containers.

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