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The Bellingham Herald reports that the Bellingham City Council has voted unanimously to ban most plastic shopping bags, an ordinance expected to take effect in about a year.

According to the story, “Besides banning the use of lightweight disposable plastic shopping bags, the ordinance would require retailers to charge customers five cents for each disposable paper bag they use. The extra nickels are meant to help retailers cover the higher cost of the paper bags while giving shoppers an incentive to remember their reusable bags.”

The paper says that recent support for the proposal by Haggen, the supermarket retailer, helped to push the bill over the finish line. It also says that activists are hoping to get a similar measure considered by Seattle authorities; a more stringent ban was put in place several years ago, but eventually was defeated by voters at the polls.
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