Montrealers force Publisac consultations

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Well that didn't take long.

Last week the City of Montreal approved an online petition calling for changes to the way Publisacs are distributed. Following its approval organizers had 90 days to collect 15,000 signatures to force a public consultation on the matter.

It took six days.

The petition calls on the City to ensure only homes that want the flyers actually get them by enforcing and strengthening bylaws. Some groups have proposed an opt-in system that includes a blue sticker on a mailbox to indicate a resident would like to receive a Publisac. 

It also calls on the city to force the company that owns the Publisac flyer distribution system to be more ecofriendly. Organizers want Publisac to ditch plastic bags in favour of paper ones that would no longer need to be separated before being tossed in the recycling bin.

Équiterre, Greenpeace and 11 other groups support the cause.

No date has been set for the consultation.

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