TORONTO - Toronto is still on tap to be a plastic bag-free city in the new year.

City council voted today not to revisit the decision to ban the bags on Jan. 1, 2013.

Only 18 of the city's 45 councillors voted in favour of reopening the discussion, falling well short of the two-thirds needed to pass the motion.

The vote upholds a motion passed in June that saw council vote to scrap a five-cent bag levy for the remainder of 2012 before implementing the ban next year.

The move to eliminate bags has proved to be politically and legally contentious.

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association says the ban violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has already announced plans to pursue legal action if it goes into effect.