Toronto's Plastic Bag Bylaw In Effect 01 June 2009

In support of Toronto’s goal to achieve 70 per cent waste diversion from landfill, to reduce the volume of plastic bags and to encourage the use of reusable bags/bins, retailers in the City of Toronto are required to charge a minimum of five cents per plastic shopping bag requested by the customer at checkout as of today, June 1. These requirements are covered under the City’s new Municipal Code Chapter 604, Packaging bylaw, approved by Toronto City Council at its March 31, 2009 meeting.

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Seattle First U.S. City to Charge Shoppers for Paper and Plastic Bags 22 January 2008

Starting in January 2009, Seattle shoppers who forget to bring along reusable bags will be charged 20 cents for every disposable paper or plastic bag they use to carry home their purchases at grocery, drug and convenience stores. Other U.S. cities have banned the use of plastic bags, but Seattle is believed to be the first to charge a fee to discourage the use of disposable bags and to reduce the amount of paper and plastic that end up as litter or in landfills.

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Isa Mundo Foundation 13 December 2007

"Smartbag has the potential to empower the public to make the planet greener each and every day by providing affordable, 100% reusable and recyclable bags. The long term adverse effects of the tradional, one-use plastic bags on the environment and human health are unacceptable, and its companies like Smartbag that are leading the way and making it easier for us all to play a part in creating more environmentally sustainable communities."

- Vicki Marlatt, M.Sc., Ph.D.

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