"It would be a big step backwards for Toronto Council to give up on the goal of 70% reduction in plastic bags in our City. Falling short of the target by 105 million bags should not be considered a success," said Fletcher.
Plastic bags are also of great concern for their negative effect on animals.
Sea turtles, whales and dolphins eat plastic bags after mistaking them for jelly fish and then they choke or starve," said Liz White of Animal Alliance. "The more we can do to reduce plastic bags, the better it is for all animals.
At City Council on June 6, Councillors will be asked to vote between the recommendation from the Executive Committee to scrap the current bag fee and the original recommendation from the City Manager to continue the bag fee and ask major retailers to donate its proceeds to the city's tree canopy which is being devastated by the emerald ash borer.