Toronto has joined other cities around the world that has banned plastic bags. San Francisco banned plastic bags earlier in the year, and we mustn’t forget that a small town of Leaf Rapids, Manitoba was the first place in North America to enact such a ban. This ban flies in the face of an incompetent and backwards-thinking mayor that wanted to remove a tax on plastic bags, so the councillors voted to ban all bags instead.
â€œThese bags are junk, whether you want to call them biodegradable or not. They end up in the same place: blowing around the streets or in landfill,â€ said Councillor David Shiner, a member of Mr. Fordâ€™s executive who surprised many by introducing the ban.
â€œLetâ€™s get rid of the plastic bags. Letâ€™s make today a real statement. Letâ€™s tell the industry that weâ€™re not accepting your baloney any more,â€ he said.
Mr. Shiner said he didnâ€™t know he was going to move the motion until partway through the debate. He based the language largely on Seattleâ€™s recently passed ban on bags. Retailers will still be allowed to sell or give away single-use paper bags, he said, using the example of retailers such as provincial liquor stores and some department stores who already offer free paper bags to customers.