21 Dec '11, 3am

Great news! - Seattle (finally) bans plastic shopping bags

Great news! - Seattle (finally) bans plastic shopping bags

As mentioned, the ban has been a looong time coming for Seattle. In 2008, the city became the first in the nation to approve a fee (20 cents) on both plastic and paper shopping bags. That game-changing measure was met by a $1.4 million campaign-of-protest by the American Chemistry Council and was repealed by voters in 2009. In the years since the failed measure, Seattle residents have blown through 292 million plastic bags annually (only about 13 percent are recycled) while other cities both local (Bellingham, Edmonds, Portland, Ore.) and further afield (Washington, D.C., San Francisco) have enacted similar bag fees and outright bans. The Seattle ban is directly modeled after the ban in Bellingham.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/seattle-finall...

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