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Support Grows for RI Plastic Bag Ban

Support Grows for RI Plastic Bag Ban
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By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Support for a statewide ban on plastic bags has increased since 2013 when such a bill was first introduced. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News photos)

PROVIDENCE — Efforts to pass a statewide ban on plastic check-out bags recently intensified, as support swells for the proposed legislation.

At a March 20 Statehouse hearing, a range of supporters, from high-school students to veteran environmentalists, pressed a sympathetic House committee to curtail the use of an everyday item they say fouls neighborhoods and threatens natural places, most notably Narragansett Bay.

“There is a change coming,” University of Rhode Island senior Margaret Martino said. “We can be the first to make that change and have the Ocean State be the first state to ban plastic bags statewide.”

So far, more than 100 municipalities across the county, including all of Los Angeles County, have placed restrictions on plastic bags. Hawaii, also has a bag ban, but it was enacted island by island rather than statewide.

In 2012, Barrington became the first Rhode Island community to pass such a ban.

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