Allan Gerlat, News Editor

November 29, 2012

1 Min Read
Toronto Rejects Proposed Bag Ban

Toronto decided against a plastic bag ban that was to take affect Jan. 1.

The city council voted against the measure that would have banned retail stores from offering single-use plastic carryout bags.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) applauded the decision in a news release. CFIG President John Scott said the decision to scrap the proposal “validates our view that this bag ban bylaw was probably illegal and with no prior consultation or deliberations, set a dangerous precedent for how measures that have such a profound impact on both businesses and consumers in the city, would be brought forward at city council.”

Scott added that voluntary measures have reduced the volume of bags in circulation. The province of Ontario has an agreement with the major retail associations that has cut plastic bag use by nearly 60 percent in three years. The program has been replicated in British Columbia, Manitoba and Alberta.




About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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