Proposed ban on plastic puts City of Ottawa in difficult spot

By CTV News Ottawa, June 10, 2019

The federal government’s proposed ban on single use plastic is putting the City of Ottawa in a difficult spot.

Starting this summer, the city is expected to allow plastic bags in green bins to encourage residents to compost more often.

But environmental groups such as Waste Watch Ottawa say you can’t allow plastic bags and be environmentally friendly at the same time

Environment expert Duncan Bury says, “The disconnect is huge. Environmental groups- such as Waste Watch Ottawa have always argued that allowed plastic bags in the compost are a problem.”

Bury says the city needs to change its policy. He says, “The federal government is saying we are going to ban these bags ... so I think the city needs go 'let’s rethink our decision and not allow plastic bags and hold off that decision.”


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