Must stores offer alternative to plastic bags
Walker noted that retailers have embraced the 5 cent charge, but most don’t provide a free alternative although it was council’s intent that they would.
City manager Joe Pennachetti says stores that sell single use plastic bags don’t need to offer alternatives. But the bylaw says retailers, do not offer or provide plastic retail shopping bags to customers shall offer to provide alternatives, such a adidas football s cardboard boxes or paper bags, at no charge to the customer. Pennach adidas football etti, retailer is only obligated . to provide a free alternative when they do not provide for plastic bags at all.
That puzzles Walker, who points out that the original motion passed by council was not so clear cut.
It said that as of June 1 this year, Toronto shall all retailers that offer or provide to customers plastic retail shopping bags . to charge a minimum of 5 cents for each plastic retail shopping bag r adidas football equested, or taken, by the customer, or provide other a adidas football lternatives at no charge to the customer. told the Star that chain stores are reaping a windfall by pocketing 5 cents for bags that cost a penny or less.