After a unanimous City Council vote on April 11, Bainbridge, Washington has become the first city in the county of Kitsap to approve of a ban on plastic bags.
The approved ordinance, which was first proposed late last year, will prohibit thin-film bags that commonly given out at supermarkets. The ban will go into effect on November 1st.
The Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and Town & Country Market both backed the ban, sharing the belief that this measure will be a cost-neutral thanks to a clause that allows stores to charge 5-cents for recyclable paper bags handed out at checkout counters.
Bainbridge Island, a town of 25,000 residents, sits in Puget Sound between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. Following this ban’s approval, Bainbridge became the 70th community in the United States and the fifth in the state of Washington to pass legislature banning single-use plastic bags, joining Seattle, Edmonds, Bellingham and Mukilteo.
Sources: Kitsap Sun, PlasticsNews.com
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