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City could overturn plastic fee

Toronto mayor vows to abolish tax on plastic


May 26, 2011
by PIC staff

TORONTO—The number of cities adopting plastic bag fees is growing worldwide, but one Canadian municipality could soon backtrack on the controversial measure.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced on twitter this week that he plans to scrap the city’s plastic bag tax by the end of the year.

The 50-cent fee was introduced two years ago, under former mayor David Miller.

Leaf Rapids, in Manitoba, was the first Canadian municipality to ban single-use plastic bags in 2007. Since then, similar measures have been adopted by several Canadian cities such as Fort McMurray, Alta.

Most recently, the Northwest Territories introduced a law requiring retailers charge 25 cents for the bags.