Opinion: There\'s no need for Montreal to ban plastic shopping bags
Mayor Denis Coderre gave us a real opportunity to discuss the fate of plastic shopping bags. Let\'s have a real debate. It\'s a cup now-half- Empty discussion dominated by negativity and bias. No one asked these tough questions. The first is the premise behind the call to ban. Plastic shopping bags are a real problem in Montreal and an environmental priority, or is Montreal already the world leader in reuse, recycling and reuse of plastic shopping bags there is little waste on bags in Montreal. The bag is a small part of the waste logistics, less than half. The city has an advanced, modern recycling system with 82 of the bags available for recycling being recycled. The Monterey people are committed to the responsible use of plastic bags. Compared to a few years ago, they used bags ranging from 52 yuan. Eighty- 7% reuse of their plastic shopping bags; 78/centreuse they are household waste. According to a recent CROP survey conducted by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, only 19 Monterey people supported the ban on the use of plastic bags; 22 per cent of fees charged; But 55 people want more public education on reuse and recycling. Most people, 71%, also want to continue to practice 3Rs. The second tricky question is how the ban will help the environment, and the answer is No. A ban would actually result in a significant increase in the number of plastics used to manage household waste, as the Monterey replaced the heavier plastic kitchen catcher containing 74/centmore plastic. The third very tricky question is, can alternatives really improve life? Cycle analysis shows that the carbon footprint of paper bags is much higher. Canvas bag made of pesticides Intensive cotton production must be reused 131 times to be equivalent to the environmental impact of traditional plastic bags used once. Even reusable bags have serious environmental problems. First, they can\'t be recycled in North America. at the end of their lives, millions of reusable bags will eventually be stored as garbage in Montreal\'s landfill. The fourth and most confusing question is why Montreal, as some have suggested, is seeking third world countries on the bag issue, such as urrit, Somalia or Countries that don\'t even have the most basic sanitation and waste Management System. Local solutions that support local economy and identify package usage patterns are most effective. That is why France and Italy have chosen to authorize the use of biodegradable plastics in bags to support local employment priorities; In France, it benefits farmers who grow corn, and in Italy, it helps the emerging biotechnology industry. Plastic bags will continue to be used in these countries in the coming years. So where should we look for inspiration? Why not at home? Montreal has led the sustainable future in plastic bags, taking the lead in using revolutionary recycling techniques to turn waste bottles and plastic shopping bags into interlocking paving materials. In this cup-half- From a world perspective, waste is a resource that is used as new recycled products such as plastic wood, paving materials or outdoor furniture to extend its life. As a global leader in sustainable development and smart resource use, Montreal has taken the first step and the plastic shopping bag is its poster child. For a city that wants to show global leadership in terms of sustainability, the answer to the question \"ban or not\" seems obvious.