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Group Proposing to Replace Plastic Bags with Reusable Bags in College Park

The Committee for a Better Environment will present their proposal that the City considers a hybrid plastic bag ban that prohibits retailers from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers at the point of sale.

Plastic bags are the #1 contaminant in the blue recycling cart. Encouraging reusable bags will eliminate over 60 tons of single-use bag waste annually.

Reducing the consumption of single-use plastic bags will reduce greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change.

In College Park, at grocery stores that offer free plastic bags, 75% of customers take them.

On the other hand, at the grocery store Lidl, which doesn’t offer single-use plastic bags and charges for paper and reusable bags, 80% of customers bring their own bag or don’t take a bag at all.

The Council will discuss the proposal at a future Council meeting.

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