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June 29, 2012
No more plastic bag fee as of July 1
As of Sunday, July 1, retail businesses in Toronto will no longer have to charge customers a mandatory five-cent fee for plastic carry-out shopping bags. The Toronto Municipal Code Provision, which required retailers to charge a fee for plastic carry-out bags, was rescinded by Toronto City Council at its June 6 meeting.

"Consumer behavior has changed and plastic carry-out shopping bags are 100% recyclable,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “It will now be up to retailers to decide how they run their businesses and if they choose to charge for plastic bags in their stores.”

The new bylaw (Bylaw No. 802-2012) amends Chapter 604 of the Toronto Municipal Code by removing specific points. This means that retailers in Toronto no longer need to charge a minimum of five-cents for each plastic retail shopping bag requested or taken by customers, or do they need to provide related signage. Retailers may recycle their old paper signs about the plastic bag fee.

Retailers are still required to provide carry-out bags that are compatible with the City's recycling program. No biodegradable, compostable plastic bags or bags with metal grommets, string, cored, cloth or non-plastic material can be provided.

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