Toronto Mandatory Bag Fees End Until Ban Takes Effect Next Year
Yesterday marked the end of mandatory five cent fee for disposable plastic bags offered by Toronto, Canada merchants, but many shops have chosen to keep the small surcharge on single-use bags until the city-wide bag ban takes effect next year. The entire debate and eventual city council vote to fully ban plastic bags came after Mayor Rob Ford criticized the mandatory fee and raised the debate. Since the fee has been rescinded, retailers are still required to stock recyclable plastic bags—even though we know that many things that can be recycled are not.
The Toronto Sun reports that while some larger stores are still charging for bags, consumers are angry and refusing to pay. Paper bags are of course also still available. The city's outright ban on single-use plastic bags will take effect in January 2013.