Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

March 2, 2007

Quebec to ban 15-litre bottles

Filed under: Bottled Water,Canada,Great Lakes Issues,Great Lakes News — nemo @ 9:04 pm

From an article in Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine – 3/2/2007:

According to an article in La Presse, Jean Charest’s government in Quebec is about to enact legislation prohibiting the sale of non-reusable water bottles. Acting on its opposition to new 15-litre (4 gallon) bottles that must be disposed after use, the province will refer the problem to Cabinet.

Environment Minister Claude Béchard is reported as wanting prompt action in this matter, in order to prevent a similar situation to that of Ontario, where the containers enjoy growing popularity.

This move follows water bottler Amaro’s introduction to the market of a new container that Minister Béchard believes is not environmentally friendly. Unlike the traditional 11- and 18-liter sizes, which can be reused a maximum of 70 times, the new bottles are thrown away or placed in the recycling bin after a single use.

Note that the proposed ban has to do with whether the container is re-usable and not the affects on groundwater diversion in the Great Lakes basin.

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