Toronto charging for bags
This is the first day that the city of Toronto is requiring stores to charge customers a nickel each for single-use plastic bags. With all the debate about bag taxes in New York and various cities in California, Toronto's city council passed and implemented its bag tax pretty quickly. The original proposal was to give shoppers a 10-cent-per-bag discount to those who brought their own reusable bags. The city wants to cut by 70 percent the 460 million plastic bags used in Toronto per year by 2012. For those of you in Toronto who plan to avoid the 5 cent tax by using reusable bags, don't forget not to use the same bags for food that you use for diapers and gym clothes.
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