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The Lakeland Ledger reports that a report from a state environmental agency has concluded that a ban on plastic bags is not necessary: “The Florida Department of Environmental Protection had released a tentative report last fall in which it appeared to be suggesting a ban on retail plastic bags. But in the final report, required by a bill passed in 2008, the DEP recommended that the Legislature consider bills to ‘discourage’ the use of the bags.

“Options included an outright ban of the bags, a tax on the plastic bags, or requiring stores to offer biodegradable bags.”

The Ledger also notes that Publix Super Markets already has reduced its annual use of plastic bags by 400 million, which adds to the case that an outright ban is not necessary.
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