Rob Ford thinks the plastic bag fee did what it came to do and should now retire
Toronto has faced a “war on cars,” a “war on bikes” and a “war on children,” and now the “war on plastic bags” is claiming Rob Ford’s attention—again. The mayor has renewed his calls to eliminate the five-cent bag fee, saying it has successfully changed consumer behaviour because it has brought plastic bag usage down by 53 per cent. The fee generates about $5.4 million for retailers every year, which councillor Michelle Berardinetti thinks should go toward the city’s struggling tree canopy. Ford, however, will ask his executive committee today to simply scrap the fee, since “it is highly unpopular among many residents” (including HST, the cost of a plastic bag balloons to about six cents). Still, even if Ford can overcome council opposition and strike down the bylaw that makes the charge mandatory, that doesn’t mean the fees will disappear: industry reps have said they‘ll probably keep charging for bags. [Toronto Sun]
7 thoughts on “Rob Ford thinks the plastic bag fee did what it came to do and should now retire”
It’s about time.
Paper bags are supposed to be free, but what store gives the shopper a paper bag?
Paper bags are free at the LCBO
only at the LCBO havent seen paper bags anywhere else
indigo gives paper, so does the gap, and a whole host of other retailers….
When the fee is lifted usage will return to previous levels within a short few months.
I agree with @B. Grush: The mayor seems to believe that if a disincentive is working then it should be abolished. As anyone knows, once you remove a disincentive, the bad behaviour will return (except the mayor: perhaps this is why he has cancelled his weekly weigh-ins).
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