Plastic Bag Ban Favored by Toronto Council

plastic bagThe ongoing debate about getting rid of the 5 cent levy on plastic bags has finally come to an end, resulting in a complete ban on plastic bags from 2013 in Toronto. The initiative is likely to increase the demand for wholesale reusable bags from retailers to sell at stores and supermarkets.

Developments leading to the ban

The first Sunday of July 2012 witnessed the plastic bag fee, which was 5 cents, being eliminated. Six months later the largest city in Canada will become a part of the ever growing movement to ban the use of single-use bags.

The city council of Toronto voted in early June to repeal the 5 cent levy on plastic carrier bags, while at the same time agreeing to ban these bags from January 2013. The 5 cent levy on plastic bags took effect in 2009 and was aimed at reducing plastic waste.

The new ban will make Toronto among North American cities, which include Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco to have such measures to save the environment.

The plastic ban and the use of eco friendly promotional items

Although environmentalists are very pleased with the ban, which includes photo degradable compostable and biodegradable bags e, some people from Toronto are quite worried about the impact of the ban on consumers and the industry.

Rob Ford, the Mayor was among those pleased with the ban. The last minute motion for the complete banning of bags came into the picture during the fee debate, by councilor David Shiner. He supported the proposal by saying that Toronto needs to get rid of plastic bags and make a powerful statement by showing the plastic industry they are rejecting any nonsense, for instance the 5 cent levy on plastic bags. The ban will witness more eco friendly items being promoted and sold in Toronto.

Ford thought that the ban could lead to the city being sued and it is not the smartest move by the council. Carol Hochu, the chief executive and president of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association stated that the ban came as a shock and was completely unexpected; she added that the association is going to look at the legality of this ban among all other options. According to the association 82% of plastic bags circulated in Toronto are recycled and reused, and less than 1% end up in Toronto’s landfills.

Other experts stated that the ban will have a positive effect on the psychology of Ontarians apart from its obvious environmental benefits.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/29/plasticbags-waste?newsfeed=true

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