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Canadian Plastics Industry Association Fights to Stop Toronto’s Bag Ban

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The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), through its legal counsel, has threatened to take legal action if Toronto implements its plastic bag ban passed in June of this year.

In a letter sent to Toronto’s City Solictor, Anna Kinastowski, legal counsel stated, “If the proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is not rescinded, we shall seek instructions from CPIA to take whatever actions are necessary to protect their interest.”

Plastics Industry: Overturn Ban
The CPIA, along with the plastics industry, is calling on the City of Toronto to overturn the plastic bag ban. “Reversing the ban on plastic shopping bags in the City of Toronto is the responsible decision for City Council to make from a social, economic and environmental perspective” says Marion Axmith, Director General of CPIA.

“This is a complex issue. All bags, whether used as carry bags or to manage household waste, have environmental impacts. Toronto’s decision to ban plastic shopping bags was made based on misconceptions about bags and the environment and without analysis of the facts and the consequences of a ban.”

The industry believes that all decisions about the environment must be based on science and fact and consider the intended and unintended consequences of that decision. The facts in Toronto do not support implementation of a bag ban:

• 58% of residents have switched to reusables.
• Plastic bag usage has declined 53% over the past three years.
• 44% of the bags are reused to recycle green bin organics (33% of landfill).
• 36% of the bags are used for household waste.
• 15% of plastic shopping bags are recycled in the blue bin.
• Plastic bags are 0.13% of litter and 0.6% of Toronto’s waste stream.

Further, the City of Toronto has a world class recycling system that properly manages plastic bags, which makes a ban unnecessary.

“Based on the evidence, a ban is unnecessary and will have negative consequences that will not reduce the City’s waste costs, extend the life of the landfill, or reduce litter, but it will make life more difficult for Torontonians and cost them more,” adds Axmith.

“Bags are not just a convenience, but a necessity for residents to manage organic, pet and household waste and for everyday impulse purchases which is why the reuse rate on bags in Toronto is close to 80%.

Read Ted Duboise’s entire article on the Plastic Bag Ban Report site…

 

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