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Quebecers cut plastic bag use in half

July 24, 2012
"The results obtained clearly show Quebec's capacity to mobilize within a short period of time,"
- RECYC-QUÉBEC president Ginette Bureau

Quebecers cut their plastic bag use by more than half in three years, Environment Minister Pierre Arcand said on Monday.

A study commissioned by the provincial government found that in 2007, Quebecers used around 2.2 billion single-use plastic bags.

By 2010, that number had dropped to about one billion, and Arcand said it may be even lower now.

That surpasses the goal set by Quebec in 2008 to cut the consumption of single-use bags in half by 2012.

For Quebec's busiest retailers, the reduction is even greater — reaching 60 per cent by 2010.

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