Toronto City Council Asks Public To Weigh In On Plastic Problem

One concillor says single-use plastics are hurting the environment, and costing the city money
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Toronto's city council is calling for feedback on the management of single-use plastics.

The city launched an online survey this week which addresses the regulation of items such as plastic straws and shopping bags.

From the feedback, City Council aims to form what has been called its Long Term Waste Management Strategy.

Citizen tailored

According to Vincent Sferrazza of Toronto's Solid Waste Management Services, the city is seeking feedback on a number of possible management options.

Providing examples to CBC, he said: "Which items would residents like us to target for reduction and how would they like us to do it?

"Would they like us to do it voluntarily or would they like us to take a mandatory approach? Or would they like us to do it through some sort of promotional or educational campaign?"

Vancouver is set to ban plastic straws next fall

Vancouver is set to ban plastic straws next fall

'Leadership'

City Councillor Mike Layton is a longtime advocate for better plastic management.

In June, he argued that the city should take a 'strong stance' on single-use plastics, not only as a show of 'leadership' but to address multiple problems the products create.

He said: "It's not only bad for the environment but it's costing the city money."

Canada's plastic management

A number of other Canadian cities have made moves toward eliminating single-use plastics.

While a ban on plastic straws, styrofoam cups, and takeout containers will come into effect in Vancouver next fall, Montreal has already placed a ban on plastic bags.

Both cities have opted to use a fine system to enforce their plastic policies.