Time for Toronto to Ban More than 6 Single-Use Plastics
Dear City Councillors and Mayor John Tory:
Demand for single-use plastics is destroying our environment, harming our health and exacerbating waste and recycling issues in Toronto. I strongly urge you, as my elected representative, to BAN all non- essential plastics beginning with those identified to be priority single-use plastics as determined by City of Toronto consultations.
We urge you:
To immediately ban all items the City determined to be of high and medium priority in the recommendations proffered by the consultant Strategy Matters its report “Technical Memorandum No.1 – Single-use and Takeaway Reduction Strategies” commissioned by City staff ie:
- Plastic bags (all weights and types)
- Cold cups and lids
- Plastic bottles and caps
- Plastic straws
- Plastic cutlery
- Single-use EPS, which includes cups, clamshells and plates
- Plastic food containers
- Hot cups
- Black plastic
- Condiment packets
and to devise an effective clean-up strategy to address the build-up of plastic pollution found on Toronto streets, in its parks, lakes, beaches and river watersheds.
If the City of Toronto is committed to zero waste and reducing the effects of single-use and takeaway items on our environment, Toronto MUST say NO to destructive single-use plastics NOW, regardless of the actions of the provincial and federal governments.
We look forward to IMMEDIATE BANS on unnecessary single-use plastics!