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20-Year High for Thunder Bay Port

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - August 5, 2019 (LSN)  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The move announced by Sobeys Inc. to replace plastic shopping bags in all Sobeys grocery stores with paper bags by the end of January 2020 will have a negative impact on the environment according to Canada’s plastic bag manufacturers.

A move away from plastic bags will accelerate climate change by significantly increasing carbon greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in a massive increase in the amount of bag waste that municipalities will have to manage, and will force consumers to purchase thicker plastic kitchen catcher bags to manage household and pet waste.

Craig Foster, spokesperson for the Canadian Plastic Bag Association (CPBA), said “Substituting paper bags for plastic bags perpetuates a myth that paper bags are better than plastic bags for the environment.”

According to many studies, plastic shopping bags are less than 1% of the waste stream and are highly reused and recycled by Canadians, who understand that there is a need for a multi-purpose, multi-use bags like plastic shopping bags. 

Foster adds, “Plastic bags have one of the higher recycling rates of all plastic products at around 30% nationally. Very few empty bags end up in landfill. They are not even single-use. Bag reuse rates are very high across Canada. In Quebec, close to 80% of all plastic bags distributed are reused two or more times.”

But what is really confounding and should worry all Canadians is that 90% of all plastic grocery bags are made in Canada so Sobeys move to eliminate plastic bags means lost jobs for Canadians. 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  August 6, 2019  (LSN)  The Port of Thunder Bay handled more than 1.1 million metric tonnes (MT) of cargo last month – the largest tally of any July since 1997.  The haul was fueled by continued strength in grain shipments and increases in other bulk commodities.
It was a good month for coal shipments.  Just under 150,000 MT of the product crossed Thunder Bay docks in July, the most of any month since 2012.  Saskatchewan potash volumes for the month nearly doubled from last year.  Other dry bulk shipments in July included inbound road salt for regional use.
Vessel calls for the month and year are in line with last year’s numbers, with more foreign Saltie vessels being offset by fewer domestic Lakers.  The Laker numbers are indicative of the lake fleet’s larger, more efficient vessels that have rolled out over the last few years. 

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