Few retailers happy about bag-fee policy
May 23, 2009 04:30 AMFACTS ABOUT THE FEE
Toronto's plastic bag fee takes effect on June 1. According to the city's website, here's what to expect:
Retailers must charge a minimum of 5 cents for each plastic shopping bag requested by the customer. If plastic retail shopping bags are not offered, retailers must provide a free alternative that is recyclable (i.e., paper bag, cardboard box).
The bag charge, detailing the number of bags dispensed to the customer and the total amount charged, must be recorded on the receipt (if one is issued).
Retailers must accept the use of any reusable containers (i.e., cloth bags, bins, boxes) brought in by customers to carry their purchases.
Retailers are entitled to keep the money received from the plastic bag charge.As date nears for 5-cent charge on plastic sacks, some shop owners are confused, others defiant.
CITY HALL BUREAU
Cathy Dernick's eyes widen in surprise as she learns that come June 1, she's supposed to start charging customers at her north Toronto women's clothing shop five cents for every plastic shopping bag they use.
"I didn't know that," says Dernick, then adds: "Poop. In this economy."
Only the word she used wasn't "poop."
Welcome to the front line of Toronto's new rule requiring all retailers to charge five cents for each single-use plastic bag as of June 1.http://www.thestar.com/news/article/639193