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Plastic Bag Bans

Nov 26, 2019
Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Local governments across the country have enacted bans on single-use plastics, such as bags and straws and that has triggered statewide bans on such bans.

In Ohio, Republican lawmakers have introduced two measures to block local governments from imposing fees, bans or other regulations of single-use plastics.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: single-use plastics, and the pros and cons of bans and fees.

Guests:

Cuyahoga County Council banned single-use plastic bags with an 8 to 3 party-line vote Tuesday evening, requiring businesses to offer reusable or paper bags to retail customers.

The ordinance is set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020. It was originally drafted for Oct. 1 of this year, but councilmembers agreed businesses needed more time to prepare.

“We’re not going to solve the entire plastic pollution problem by banning plastic bags,” said Democratic Councilwoman Sunny Simon, who sponsored the measure. “However, it’s a huge start and it’s going to make a big difference.”