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@ 2012-07-25 08:45:00
Quebecers Mulberry Alexa Bags reducing use of plastic bags faster than expected
MONTREAL - Provincial Environment Minister Pierre Arcand congratulated Quebecers on Monday after a government study found consumers exceeded a reduction target two years early by using 52 per cent fewer plastic shopping bags between 2007 and 2010 .Mulberry Alexa Bags.
“For now, I think we are on the right track, ” he told reporters at a news conference Monday, adding that he believed the reduction is a result of Quebecers' concern for the environment and not a five-cent charge per bag initiated by retailers.
By 2010, 1 billion plastic Fashion handbags' Blog were used in Quebec, a drop from 2. 2 billion plastic bags in 2007.
Arcand told reporters he believes the government’s finding indicates Quebecers are willing to take personal initiatives to reduce their use of plastic bags, and that an all-out bag ban is not necessary.
A debate on the legislation of plastic bags was recently ignited in Ontario, following a Toronto city council vote that would ban plastic bags as of 2013.
Toronto’s city council voted in favour of a separate, surprise motion to ban the bags entirely on July 1 after scrapping a bylaw imposing a five-cent charge on plastic bags that had been in effect since 2009 .Mulberry Bags Outlet.
Under the old bylaw, retailers were required to charge per plastic bag and provide customers with free, recyclable alternatives, like paper bags or boxes. Since the bylaw had been adopted, grocery giant Metro reported it had seen a 70 per cent drop in one-time plastic bag use.
The trend to reduce plastic-bag waste has become a global phenomenon over the last decade, as information concerning the environmental impact of plastic Stylish Mulberry Bags became more widely available. According to the Canadian World Wildlife Fund, it takes 450 to 100 years for plastic bags to break down in a landfill, and make up 60 to 90 per cent of all marine debris.
According to Environment Canada, the first tax on plastic bags was introduced in Denmark in 1994. Ireland adopted a plastic bag tax in 2001 and an outright ban in 2002, reducing the consumption of plastic fashion messenger bags by 90 per cent.
While Quebec has surpassed its targets, there is still waste reduction work to be done at home. Arcand stated that pharmacies, for example, have yet to catch up to the targets. According to the CBC, Canadians at large also take home more than 55 million plastic shopping bags every week, and reported that three-quarters of these end up in landfills.