Plastic bags, composting, habitat protection are part of Manitoba green plan

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WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government has released a new environmental plan that could lead to new restrictions on businesses and the public.

The green plan, as it's called, lays out in broad strokes measures the government is considering for the coming years.

It says the province will restrict more goods from going into landfills, reduce the use of plastic bags and protect more habitat areas for caribou, polar bear and other animals.

Premier Greg Selinger says the province is not contemplating an outright ban on plastic bags, but looking for ways to encourage people to use alternatives.

The government is also promising new penalties for anyone who violates environmental laws, and a new policy to offset habitat loss from industrial or commercial development.

Selinger says that could be something as simple as requiring trees to be planted.

Geographic location: Manitoba, WINNIPEG

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