Starting with efforts to mitigate single-use plastics, (and with the country already intending to ban it), the city of Montreal plans to ban the discarding of food and textile waste.
Montreal signed C40’s Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration last year ahead of the global climate action summit, which included 23 signatories, (including Copenhagen, Dubai, London, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., among others). C40 is a London-based nonprofit that aims to advance environmental and renewables policies through a network of global “megacities.”
Outlined in its newest plan, Montreal hopes to divert up to 70 percent of residual waste away from landfills by 2025 and 85 percent by 2030.
As for reducing the impact of its citizens, Montreal aims to reduce the amount of waste generated by each citizen by 10 percent by 2025 and 20 percent by 2030; showing more ambition than even its previous commitment outlined in the C40 declaration to reduce waste generated per citizen by 15 percent by 2030.
Earlier this year, Montreal announced it was working on a bylaw banning single-use items (plastics, polystyrene foam) by spring 2020. A month later, at a news conference, the Canadian government announced its plans to ban single-use plastics