Toronto rescinds plastic bag ban

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: November 28, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Sustainability, Public Policy, Film & Sheet

TORONTO (Nov. 28, 4:35 p.m. ET) — Toronto City Council has rescinded its decision to ban plastic bags in retail operations.

The decision came in a Nov. 27 vote. The Council took into account legal advice after two industry trade groups filed lawsuits to overturn the ban.

CTV and CBC news organizations reported the story the afternoon of Nov. 27.

The ban was due to begin Jan. 1. Retailers have been charging 5 cents a bag as a prelude to the ban, but some dropped the levy when Council stopped imposing it over the summer.

Many retailers, however, confused by mixed signals from City Council, have continued to impose the 5 cent levy.

Toronto had added plastics bags to its curbside collection program for recycling materials even while it planned to ban bags from its stream. This only added to confusion about the status of plastic bags.

Toronto faced legal challenges of the ban from the Ontario Convenience Stores Association and the Canada Plastic Bag Association.

The Council decision was not entirely predictable, because Toronto Mayor Rob Ford — who has pushed to drop the bag fee and who has opposed the ban — faces impeachment for alleged conflict of interest charges.

The ban’s reversal passed by a 38 to 7 vote.


Comments

Toronto rescinds plastic bag ban

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: November 28, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Automakers look under the hood for the next lightweighting opportunities

August 20, 2014 1:06 pm ET

The automotive industry's current favorite target for lightweighting efforts is the powertrain, according to a recent survey.    More

Image

Small country introducing plastic coins

August 20, 2014 10:48 am ET

You've heard of countries adopting plastic currency, to replace paper money. How about plastic coins, to replace metal? It's hard to believe but true....    More

Image

GameDay Challenge expands the competition to the recycling bin

August 20, 2014 10:23 am ET

GameDay Recycling Challenge is returning this year as college football stadiums will compete to see which school produces the least amount of waste...    More

Image

Pactiv selling building products unit to Ireland's Kingspan

August 19, 2014 3:54 pm ET

Irish building material manufacturer Kingspan Group plc is acquiring the insulation business of Lake Forest, Ill.-based Pactiv Building Products for...    More

Image

Flexible film waste-to-oil pilot project continuing in California

August 19, 2014 3:19 pm ET

A recent decision to discontinue operations at a plastics waste-to-oil site in Portland, Ore., is not impacting a pilot program aimed at hard-to-recyc...    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events