Toronto first Canadian city to ban plastic bags

Toronto first Canadian city to ban plastic bags

Did you hear that the city of the universe of Toronto has become the first major Canadian city to do away with single-use plastic shopping bags.

It was really strange – Toronto city council passed a motion to scrap the five-cent tax on each bag — a move supported by Mayor Rob Ford.

Moments later, council went further by voting 24-to-20 to ban the bags altogether starting next January 1, 2013 on the grounds they’re bad for the environment.

Just last month, Los Angeles became the biggest American city to pass such a ban so it has happened before but their ban will be phased in over 12-months.

After that, LA retailers will charge shoppers 10-cents per paper bag.

We use plastic shopping bags to take out rubbish so we do not find them wasteful.

If the city of Victoria ever banned plastic bags we would be OK with it because we are fairly prepared but I do feel they should lower the price of recyclable bags.

A simple ban is not the answer, food packaging and other waste is more important to take a closer look at – have the food manufacturer’s even been consulted?

What are your thoughts on this ban? Would you be upset if your city did this?

Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog,