Staunch defender of plastic bags I am. I never fail to be irked by the sight of people leaving the government monopoly that is the LCBO without a bag, or with a paper bag heavily laden with precious brew. In Ontario, the plastic bag is no longer an option at these outlets.
A compromise between the city and big supermarkets will make shoppers pay a 5-cent penalty for taking a plastic bag instead of receiving a 10-cent reward for bringing a reusable bag.The threat of plastic bag bans are increasingly a chilling possibility. And the dissenters are not helping the cause with their collectivist bleatings:
Not everyone is on side however. The CCGD (Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors) represents about 60% of supermarkets. No one from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, representing retailers as well as convenience stores and small markets attended the announcement.And nor are Industry studies saving the plastic bag by sampling a single re-useable bag from some random shopper of unknown hygienic habits:
Reusing bags might be good for the environment but an industry lobby group has released a preliminary study that suggests such reused bags are dangerous to our health.cp: The Broom