Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Hearing

tree bag (3.20) The Rhode Island House of Representatives Environment and Natural Resources Committee is hearing a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide. Tim Faulkner writes at ecoRI:

For the second straight year, Rep. Maria Cimini, D-Providence, has sponsored the Plastic Waste Reduction Act, a bill that would ban retailers from offering most checkout plastic bags.

The ban would apply to plastic bags offered at point of sale, including take-out food. The ban doesn’t apply to produce and frozen-food bags, dry-cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves or bags bigger than 28 by 36 inches. This year’s bill omits a fee on paper checkout bags.

Channing Jones, campaign director with Environment Rhode Island, led a signature drive submitting a petition to lawmakers with another 10,000 signatures from Rhode Island supporters of such a ban. The plastic bag lobby will be there (talking about how germy tote bags get?). If you want to participate or just show support, contact Mr. Jones at Or go here to sign an online petition — Protect the Bay, Ban the Bag. Speakers should arrive at 4pm to coordinate.

Meeting 4:30pm to 6:30pm-ish, Thursday, March 20, Room 101, State House, 82 Smith Street

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