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Montreal is banning all plastic bags by the end of this year

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has announced plans to ban all plastic bags by the end of the year. 

Plante took to Twitter earlier this morning to make the initial announcement before further explaining it at the city's executive committee meeting. 

"We can't wait 1,000 years to make decisions," she wrote on Twitter. "This is why our administration is now taking action to change our rules and ban all plastic bags in retail stores in Montreal as quickly as possible."

Montreal implemented its first plastic bag ban back in 2016, but it only included conventional plastic shopping bags with a thickness of less than 50 microns as well as oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable and biodegradable shopping bags. 

After the bylaw came into effect, stores quickly switched over to a thicker kind of plastic bag while charging customers a small fee. 

This new ban, which Plante says will be in place by the end of 2020, would include all plastic bags regardless of their thickness. 

At the city's executive committee meeting this morning, she said a bylaw can quickly be changed to make this happen, according to CBC

The news comes shortly after the federal government pledged to ban single-use plastics by as early as 2021. 

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