Charles Montpetit wants to change the way people receive their Publisac.
Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette
The bags that hold the sales flyers and discount coupons in Publisacs will be composed entirely of recycled plastic beginning this autumn, the company that produces the controversial advertising packages said this week.The announcement by TC Transcontinental comes as thousands have signed petitions calling for Publisacs to be delivered only to those households that want to receive one.The company also intends over the summer to test Publisacs that are 30 per cent smaller than the present version as well as versions using paper rather than plastic wrappers.TC Transcontinental president François Olivier expects to announce the changes Friday during public consultations on waste management held by the Montreal Metropolitan Community.Olivier told the Presse Canadienne that his company will propose the creation of a “circular plastic economy” in Quebec that will see residual waste from one product become the primary ingredient in another.“The first way to to have less (environmental) impact is to reduce consumption,” said Olivier. “After that, it’s to ensure the products created are recyclable. The third step is to see that (the products) are recycled.”All parties involved — private enterprise, public administrations, recycling centres and regulatory bodies — have to do their part, he said.Olivier dismissed calls for a change to existing regulations that would see Publisacs delivered only to those households that indicate a desire to receive one. He described that distribution model as being sought by “a minority of citizens,” one that would not be profitable because of its “complexity” and “prohibitive costs” and one that would jeopardize jobs.Instead, he invited those who don’t want to receive Publisacs to call his company to inform it of their position, saying they will be given a sticker indicating they don’t want delivery and that “people are waiting to take their call.”