Backers of a plastic bag ban have been busy collecting petition signatures this summer. Environment Rhode Island says it has amassed ten thousand signatures urging the General Assembly to take up the issue once again.
Rhode Island would have become the first state in the country to ban plastic grocery bags under a bill that died in the last legislative session. Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island says they are not deterred by their out-of-the-gate loss.
As Bristol becomes the latest Rhode Island town to consider banning plastic bags, experts say the benefits of a ban could extend to the food we eat.
Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, Rainer Lohmann, says toxins clinging to plastic trash can make their way up the food chain, polluting our seafood. He says banning plastic bags is a good first step for cleaning up plastic pollution.
A new poll shows less than half the state approves of the job being done by Governor Lincoln Chafee. A Cranston Florist is being sued for discrimination. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
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Following in Barrington’s footsteps, Bristol’s Town Council will review a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags from the town’s businesses in a meeting scheduled for February 20th. Council Member Timothy Sweeney initially proposed the ban on January 23rd. He says the response thus far from Bristol citizens seems positive, as the ban would reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the Bay.