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Single-use plastic bags at stores will be banned statewide starting next year and customers without reusable carriers will be charged 8 cents for paper bags under a bill signed Wednesday.
Senate Democrats revive the proposed ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.
Customers would pay most of the costs of paper replacements for a plastic bag ban, under a Senate proposal.
Under the proposal, customers could purchase paper or reusable plastic bags for a dime each. Cities with a bag ordinance already in place would be required to adopt the state’s bill by January 2020, but could charge a higher bag fee.
Legislature considers statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
Relief from the scourge may be in sight for Jamaica, which is among at least 20 Caribbean and Latin American nations banning – or in discussions to ban – the importation, manufacture and distribution of single-use plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam.
After much debate, the Idaho Senate has passed the ban on local plastic bag bans on a 20-15 vote, forbidding any local regulation of “auxiliary containers,” from plastic grocery bags to Styrofoam restaurant carryout containers. “This in my mind is a business bill,” said Sen....
OLYMPIA – Banning plastic shopping bags throughout the state would keep them from showing up along roadsides, in landfills and in the bellies of whales in the Puget Sound, the sponsor of a proposed ban said Wednesday. But it would also force people out of work, say representatives of the plastics industry. And it could mean that people taking out wet garbage in paper bags won’t make it to the trash before the bottom falls out, a legislator complained.
A Burien lawmaker says he plans to introduce a bill to ban plastic grocery bags statewide. Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon said he would introduce the bill today. A press conference announcing the measure is scheduled for Thursday.