businesses mull effects of plastic-bag ban
Use plastic shopping bags
Including plastic and paper manufacturers
Trying to figure out what that means for their bottom line.
At Atlas paper in Scarborough, their machines keep buzzing, producing 2 million paper bags per day for customers including Sobeys, Metro and Tim Hortons.
Owner Charlie Providenza said he expected the business to become busier.
\"This will increase our profits again and increase our productivity,\" he said . \".
\"In addition, we will hire more people.
\"He expects large grocery merchants to insist on using reusable bags, but paper is likely to be used by smaller stores and clothing retailers.
\"We are going to be working more and more, we lose our jobs in our early 70 s, but more and more, because of course, the number has to increase,\" he said . \".
Provvidenza says the plastic industry will have to adapt, just as he had to go back to the 1970 s when plastic took over for the first time.
It will be a cold comfort for retail bag companies. At retail bags, David Clarance is worried that his sales will shrink by 40.
The city should consult the industry, he said.
\"It doesn\'t give the industry much time to adapt and make changes, you know, to adjust their inventory,\" he said . \".
Clarance said reusable plastic bags did not help the Canadian economy.
\"These reusable bags are made in China, so there are more offshore jobs in China and fewer people working in Canada,\" he said . \".
Mario Marcelis, the grocery store manager, said he thought it would be too much to ban plastics altogether.
He says a typical plastic bag costs 1 cent for a retailer and 4 cents for a paper bag.
The difference will increase by thousands of dollars, he said.
Will retailers comply?
\"I don\'t want to do that,\" he said . \"
\"Retailers have a lot of fees in any case.
It\'s just an extra charge.
\"However, since the Ontario liquor control board began phasing out plastic bags in 2008, saidit has actually made money.
They take out 80 million plastic bags from the landfill every year and sell them through reusable plastic bags, making them nearly $1 million.
Meanwhile, the Ontario recycling Commission says the environment is the biggest winner, with about 0. 215 billion fewer bags in the system
About 1,400 tons.
\"In terms of the environment, you will not see them on the street, you will not see them on the waterways, you will not see them in the park,\" said executive director Jo: \"Of course you won\'t see them in waste logistics --\"Anne St. Godard.