Small towns are one thing, but something big is on the horizon. The Canadian city’s mayor is looking to completely ban plastic-bottled water, which would make Montreal the first metropolis to do such a thing.
The surprise announcement came in February of this year, but the timeline isn’t firm. The city, home to over 1.5 million residents, has already pledged to ban disposable plastic bags beginning in 2018, and the single-use water bottle will be next in line.
From the USA Today article:
“I raised the subject of plastic water bottles because it’s an environmental nuisance — more than 700 million of these single-use bottles end up in Quebec’s landfills every year,” Coderre explained in an email. “In Montreal, we are lucky to have excellent tap water, which is tested several times per day. We tend to forget that our water is of such good quality, that some companies even bottle it directly and then people find themselves paying for it.”
If Montreal succeeds in banning the bottle, it will follow in the footsteps of Concord, Massachusetts, the small town that legislated its plastic water bottle ban in 2013.
But not everyone is excited about the proposition. The Quebec Bottled Water Association objects to the ban on the grounds that other beverages come in disposable plastic bottles, and suggests alternatives like increased recycling.
That sentiment is echoed by others, who also think the ban should address plastic bottles across the board. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. Montreal – we salute you!