Retailers and others who disagree with the plastic bag ban are planning to hold a protest at Toronto’s city hall on Monday morning.

Council initially voted in favour of the ban on the same day it voted to scrap the five-cent bag fee but is now in the process of consulting the city solicitor and others on the proposal. A final decision is expected in November.

The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition hopes to reverse the plastic bag ban, which they called “irresponsible.”

“The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition feels the decision to outlaw plastic bags – a recyclable product that is useful for pet waste, organic waste, and as bin liners – was irresponsible and should not move forward,” managing director Nita Kang said in a statement.

“This reckless decision by City Council increases the cost of living to residents of this city, hitting the lowest income earners the hardest.”

At a regular monthly meeting in June, council voted to rescind the three-year-old plastic bag fee. During the same meeting, council also approved a surprise motion from Coun. David Shiner to ban all plastic bags.

In September, councillors agreed to do further consultations on the ban.

The Taxpayers Coalition argues that the city would be open to legal challenges if the plastic bag ban passes. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association has already said it’s willing to challenge the ban in court, as is the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers called the decision “reckless.”  

The ban is supposed to take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

If Toronto does pass a plastic bag ban, it will join other major centres, such as San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, which have already implemented a ban on single-use plastic bags.

In April 2007, the tiny community of Leaf Rapids, Man., was the first community in Canada to ban the bags.