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Baltimore Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic Bag Ban

There’s no word yet on the outcome of Tuesday’s hearing with Baltimore City Council on legislation to reduce plastic bag waste in Baltimore, but the point may be moot.  Just days after the hearing the Washington Examiner reported the Maryland and Virginia are both looking to take action at the state level.

According to the Washington Examiner, Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say they will push for 5-cent fees on disposable paper and plastic bags at stores  and shoppers can skip the fee by bringing their own bags or not using any at all.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

From the Worldwatch Institute:

Did You Know?

*Plastic bags start as crude oil, natural gas, or other petrochemical derivatives, which are transformed into chains of hydrogen and carbon molecules known as polymers or polymer resin. After being heated, shaped, and cooled, the plastic is ready to be flattened, sealed, punched, or printed on.

*The first plastic “baggies” for bread, sandwiches, fruits, and vegetables were introduced in the United States in 1957. Plastic trash bags started appearing in homes and along curbsides around the world by the late 1960s.

*North America and Western Europe account for nearly 80 percent of plastic bag use—though the bags are increasingly common in developing countries as well.

*A quarter of the plastic bags used in wealthy nations are now produced in Asia.

*Each year, Americans throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags. (Only 0.6 percent of plastic bags are recycled.)

*The Irish have been known to call the ever-present bags their “national flag”; South Africans have dubbed them the “national flower.”

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