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Baltimore City Council Caves On Plastic Bag Ban

Baltimore City Council Caves On Plastic Bag Ban

Drain At Port Covington Shopping Center

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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This will result in very little. Much like the ordinance banning advertising circulars has been loosened to make way for The SunPlus, a Sun Paper advertising piece not coincidentally wrapped in plastic that creates a horrible mess around town. Without caring residents picking these up many end up in storm drains. Without a doubt this is the single largest offender of plastic bags in the harbor.

Comment by Dunn

I thought that Walmart wanted to be in Baltimore?

Comment by Gordon

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Comment by Kristin

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Comment by yoursurprise-bellatio-4

Plastic Bags? Is that the best you can do?
Let’s ban all plastic!
A plastic bag weighs 1/10 of a gram.
There are 270 pounds of plastic in your car.
Every toy your kid has is 95% plastic.
The lap top you are using right now is 92% plastic.
Plastic is fossil oil and chemicals bonded permanently and can not be recycled.
80% of the fossil oil used is used to produce plastic.
If you really want to make a difference, Stop using plastic products. Try to use metal where you can.
All metal is 100% recyclable.
Lets wise up and start taking better care of Earth

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