Petition for City of Toronto to ban single-use plastic bags

This petition is for signature by residents of Toronto

Given that it is essential to have a healthy environment for the residents of Toronto,

and recognizing that plastic waste is a serious environmental issue because:

  • most plastics are manufactured from fossil fuels which are a major source of greenhouse gases

  • plastic is a non-renewable resource that degrades land, water, the health of humans and other creatures

  • waterways and beaches are clogged with plastics making them unattractive

  • plastics don’t biodegrade but instead break up into smaller pieces in creeks, lakes, rivers and oceans where they enter the food chain,

and appreciating that the Province of Ontario has recently renewed its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nearly 15% by 2020 and 37% below 1990 levels by 2030 and that Toronto's goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050,

and considering that reducing the use and disposal of plastic bags in Toronto was given precedence in the City’s own Key Issues and Priority Actions initiative,

and because Torontonians are estimated to use 215 million plastic bags each year, which amounts to some 1,400 tonnes of plastic,

and since Torontonians currently pay a significant portion of the pickup and recycling costs for this material

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you support the introduction of a bylaw which would ban single use plastic bags and vote in favour of such a by-law once introduced.

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