Plastic makers to add recycling symbols
MONTREAL Quebec environment minister Line Beauchamp yesterday welcomed a promise by the plastics industry to start putting recycling symbo jordan ls on recyclable plastic grocery bags and to encourage the reuse and recycli jordan ng of these bags.
In recent years, plastic makers have jordan introduced biodegradable plastic bags, and this has created problems for recyclers because it is impossible for consumers to distinguish between conventional plastic bags, which can be recycled and those that are biodegradable and can be thrown in the trash.
Environmental groups said they are not against increasing the recycling rate of these bags; only about 14 per cent of them are currently recycled in the province. But they said they’d rather see the government campaigning to reduce the use of these bags, rather than the recycling.
“I want to stress the fact that we must reduce the use of these little one time use plastic grocery bags. Two billion bags a year for 7 million Quebecers is definitely too many. We want to reduce the consumption of these bags by 50 per cent by 2012,” she said.
“We are not trying to increase the use of plastic bag, but we want to reduce the use of one time use plastic bags.”
Meanwhile the shoppers at the IGA Extra on Langelier Blvd., where the minister made her announcement, were using plastic bags for their groceries.
MONTREAL Quebec Environment Minister Line Beauchamp has scheduled a news conference this morning at a St. Leonard grocery store to announce new measure jordan s related to the use of plastic bags.