While waiting for Covid restrictions to lift, StopPlastics has devised a fun and easy way for Torontonians to help us convince city council and city staff to implement the plastic bans we so urgently need.
*We have created this schedule designating the single use plastic item in focus:
July 1 -July 14 focus is plastic bags
July 14 last day to submit plastic bag photos
July 15-July 29 focus is plastic bottles and caps
July 28 last day to submit photos for bottles and caps
July 29-August 12 focus is coffee cups and styrofoam
August 11 last day to submit photos for coffee cups and styrofoam
August 13 - August 26 focus is plastic item of your choice.
August 25 last day to submit photos for items of your choice
We’ll be posting selected photos on the StopPlastics Instagram, tagging city councillors, the mayor as well notifying city staff about the posts. We may also use the StopPlastics Facebook and Twitter accounts to spread the StopPlastics’ message.
BONUS for participants: if we use your photo we’ll mail you a StopPlastics’ t-shirt!!!
In 2009 Toronto City Council introduced a mandatory 5-cent bag fee, which had been successful in slashing the number of bags dispensed.
In 2012 Toronto City Council, at the behest of Mayor Ford, scrapped the mandatory fee.
At the same time as council voted to scrap the fee, they adopted a motion tabled by Councillor David Shiner to ban plastic bags outright as of Jan. 1, 2013. Members of the plastics industry commenced legal action and city lawyers warned they had a case. After a closed-door discussion, councillors decided not to proceed with a ban. The end result was no controls on plastic bags.
Fortunately, major grocery chains still charge the 5-cent fee and have reported significant reductions in the number of bags used. But that is not enough. Toronto needs a complete BAN.
A world free from plastic pollution is only possible by stopping the consumption of plastic.