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Vermont Senate Gives Preliminary Approval To Plastic Bag Ban

A plastic bag
Josh Landes
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WAMC

The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags.
The 27-to-3 roll-call vote Friday would ban the use of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene food and drink containers effective in July 2020.

Vermont Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Paul Burns says if passed the measure would be the most comprehensive in the country. “It gets at the trifecta of plastic pollution: plastic bags, plastic straws and expanded polystyrenes.”

Final action on the proposal is expected next week.

A similar proposal is pending in the House.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott has not said whether he would sign the bill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Contents © copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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