Toronto City Council Scraps Plastic Bag Ban

Toronto’s proposed plastic bag ban won’t take effect in the new year after all, following an overwhelming city council vote.

The bylaw, which had been set to come into effect on January 1, 2013, was the subject of a 20-minute, closed-door city council meeting Wednesday morning.

After the morning’s discussion, which included consideration of confidential legal advice from the city solicitor, councillors voted 38-7 to scrap the bylaw altogether.

“What that essentially means is that … you can stop hoarding all those bags,” CTV’s Colin D’Mello said in a report from City Hall.