Dec 3 - Toronto City Council Approves Plastic Bag Fee

The City Council of Toronto has voted to require a five cent charge on plastic bags handed out in the city. Toronto's City News writes:

The idea, which passed Tuesday night, is to get you to reduce the number of bags that inevitably wind up in a landfill and either use up the ones you have now or buy one of those reusable types that are earth friendly. Mayor David Miller has complained that the carry-alls aren't biodegradable and can last for years and years at garbage dumps. "I'm very proud that Toronto is leading the way," he agrees. "It's the right thing to do."

Several municipalities in the United States are considering fees on carryout bags, including Santa Clara County and its cities, Santa Monica, New York City and others.

CAW and Plastic Bags:

  • Learn about AB 2058, which would have put a fee on all carryout bags in California.