Plastic bags

The Star writes an editorial:

Eliminating the bag fee would be a mistake. It costs the city nothing, but it produces tangible benefits. Pre-fee, it was estimated that Torontonians used about 460 million retail plastic bags a year.

According to merchants, with the fee in place there has since been a marked reduction — 71 per cent by one count — in the circulation of these bags.

via Plastic bags: Keep the nickel fee –

Ford’s sudden decision to attack the five-cent bag fee is ridiculous both because it’s clearly a successful program and because it’s so unimportant. What kind of person gets so fired up over paying a nickel for a bag that they call the mayor about it?