Rossi’s problem with the plastic bag
“These bags cost less than a penny to produce but the city receives no share of the 5 cents you and I pay every time we purchase one,” he said. “The city also created an enforcement bureaucracy that costs taxpayers $2 million annually.”
He later said the fee should be abolished since the city isn’t receiving any of the money.
Smell test: According to the hollister uk Canadian Plastics Industry Association, each bag costs about hollister uk a penny to a penny and a half to produce. When retailers charge consumers a nickel per bag (a roughly hollister uk 400 per cent markup), the profits stay in the till. In January, officials with the plastics industry estimated the profits from bag fees to be about $15 million. (Several large chains donate part of the proceeds to charities.)
While the city isn’t profiting from the fee, it also isn’t spending $2 million annually on enforcement, as Rossi suggested.
In 2010, the city budgeted $1.4 m hollister uk illion for its 70 per cent diversion program, which includes paying enforcement officers to ensure that residents and businesses are complying with all of the waste disposal and collection bylaws (from using city issued bins and waste tags to charging for plastic bags).