Minneapolis Prepares For Plastic Bag Ban

MALIBU, CA - MAY 21, 2010: Reuseable bags are for sale at the checkout isle at Ralphs. Ralphs checker Fidel Juarez checks and bags groceries for Sharon Weeks, of Malibu, with reuseable bags instead of paper or plastic bags at Ralphs in Malibu. Malibu is one of two California cities pass a ban on plastic bags at stores. There are signs to encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Bella Ferrer, U.S. correspondent for Ruta69

Minnesota, May 29, 2017 (The route of information).- A ban on many plastic bags goes into effect in Minneapolis on June 1.

Target is one business that’s preparing its customers for life after plastic bags. They’re offering a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag you bring in and use to shop. 

Many customers are worried about what they are going to do without single use bags. Cameron Gordon council and member of the Green Party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is trying to educate the public and business about the ban.

“One of the things is we wanted to give stores and people a change to adjust and get ready to change, we were also trying to be sensitive to retailers to say, use up bags you have already purchased, we are going to phase this in” , said Gordon.

A feedback from the public helped to make this change, with many worried about the waste and environmental impact plastic bags have on oceans, lakes, streams and drains.

Some exceptions to the plastic ban in Minneapolis would include plastic to wrap produce, baked goods and takeout food. Currently 100 billion plastic bags pass through the hands of U.S. consumers every year.

More than 20 million Americans live in communities with plastic bag bans or fees, but this number will soon fall as more communities, including large cities like New York and Chicago, look for ways to reduce the plastic litter that blights landscapes and clogs up sewers and streams.

Environmentalists claim plastic bags clog up landfills, while industry supporters say plastic bags are the most environmentally friendly option and support tens of thousands of jobs.




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