City of Orillia, Ontario Imposes Shopping Bag Fee
Posted by Ted Duboise
New Plastic Bag By-Law
Starting January 1, 2010, all retail business establishments in the City of Orillia will be required to charge a minimum five-cent ($0.05) fee for each plastic shopping bag they distribute. The law applies to retail outlets, fast food restaurants, and convenience stores. Both the number of plastic bags provided to a customer and the total amount charged needs to be indicated on the customer transaction receipt if one is issued. Bags excluded from this requirement include:
Bags used to package bulk items such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, or small hardware items like nails and bolts;
Bags used to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, flowers or potted plants (whether pre-packaged or not);
Bags used to protect bakery goods;
Bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription drugs;
Door hanger bags (holding advertisements, coupons, etc.);
Laundry dry cleaning bags;
Bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for such uses as garbage bags, pet waste bags, yard waste bags, or recycling bags.
Retailer Retains Revenue – Helps Environment
It is noted that the retailer is to retain the revenue from this fee – it is not remitted to the City of Orillia. Retailers are encouraged and required to allow customers to use clean and sanitary reusable bags/containers of a reasonable size. The purpose of this by-law is to help the environment by encouraging consumers to use fewer plastic bags, use more reusable bags/containers, and reduce the number of plastic bags sent to landfill.
For a copy of the relevant sections of this by-law, please visit the City’s website at: www.city.orillia.on.ca or click here.
If you have any questions, please call the Waste Management Advisory Committee at 329-2452 or Greg Preston (Superintendent, Waste Management) at 325-2444. Thank you
Source: City of Orillia\Notice To Retailers – Plastic Bag By-law.doc