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Baltimore City Council Caves On Plastic Bag Ban
Baltimore Sun reporter Timothy B. Wheeler revealed in an article today that Baltimore City Council has deserted the plastic bag fee/ban (two years in the works) in favor of a “Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance”. Under the ordinance:
Participating merchants could still give out plastic carryout bags, but only if customers ask for them. The stores would have to collect the bags for recycling, offer reusable shopping bags for sale and post signs in their stores encouraging customers to use reusable bags. Violations would be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $1,000 for repeat infractions.
One might ask, how, in a recession, the city is going to be able to muster the manpower to enforce the ordinance -OR- how they will ensure the accuracy of the count of bags given out verses the bags saved? Light enforcement is probably just what big retailers are counting on.
Apparently, the city council was under pressure from merchants and bag manufacturers to not pass the ban and has succumb to their influence. According to Wheeler, “The lobbyist for the Maryland Retailers Association and a lawyer for Walmart were on hand today to witness the committee’s action”.
For the full article in the Baltimore Sun, CLICK HERE.
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