03/04/2015 10:55 EST | Updated 05/04/2015 05:59 EDT

Montreal to examine banning plastic grocery bags

The city of Montreal announced today it will begin an official consultation on banning single-use plastic bags in the retail sector.

City councillor Elsie Lefebvre has the job of organizing the consultation which will examine environmental, social and economic impacts of an eventual ban.  It will also look at what has happened in other cities that have banned plastic bags.

Toronto tried to ban plastic bags on Jan. 1, 2013, but backed down after a public outcry and a legal challenge. 

“Single-use grocery bags represent an important environmental issue when they don’t make it into the recycling,” said RéalMénard, the executive committee member responsible for the environment and sustainable development.

The consultation is expected to start in May.