Environment
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Sun January 26, 2014

Plastic Bag Ban Reintroduced With Public Support

State Rep. Maria Cimini recently reintroduced a bill to ban plastic bags in Rhode Island. Environment Rhode Island collected more than 10,000 public comments supporting a statewide plastic ban.

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The group began collecting signatures to support a statewide plastic bag ban since last summer, after a bill banning them died in committee hearings last year.

“I think it’s becoming more clear to lawmakers, that this is an issue that people in Rhode Island care about,” said Channing Jones, campaign director of Environment Rhode Island. “And seeing their constituents’ names on paper backing this up is an important way to elevate this issue with lawmakers and push them to build momentum to make this bill move.”

Barrington banned plastic bags in 2012. 

“Rhode Island uses hundreds of millions of plastic bags every year,” said Jones. “The essence of the issue and why we’re working on it is that too many of them are ending up in Narragansett Bay, where they harm wildlife and litter our beaches.”

Across the country, more than 100 cities have banned plastic bags.

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