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Toronto Council Votes to Ban Bags: Report

TORONTO — A policy requiring retailers here to charge customers 5 cents for every plastic bag they issue has been rescinded in favor of an outright ban on plastic bags, published reports said.

The measure was approved by city council this week over the objection of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who had called for the tax to be rescinded but was surprised when the council then approved a separate ban measure, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported.

The “bag tax” went into effect in 2009 and has reduced plastic-bag use by 53%, the council said in a study. The proposed rule to ban bags outright would take effect Jan. 1.

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