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• The Associated Press reports that the Boston City Council “voted unanimously Wednesday to ban single-use plastic shopping bags throughout the city.” The proposal “bans flimsy plastic bags and requires businesses to charge no less than 5-cents for other types of checkout bags, including reusable bags, compostable plastic bags and recyclable paper bags. Businesses would keep all proceeds from the bag fee.”

To become law, the bill has to be signed by Mayor Marty Walsh, who says he is reviewing it.

The story notes that “the Conservation Law Foundation, which supports the proposal, said more than 350 million single-use plastic bags are used in Boston each year, most of them ending up in landfills or as litter on the streets.” The bill is opposed by the American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents U.S. plastic bag makers.
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