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Kansas City Suburb Studying Plastic Bag Ban

Associated Press - December 9, 2014 11:18 am

The Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village, Kansas, is considering efforts to reduce the use of plastic grocery bags.

Similar efforts in other U.S. cities have met with resistance. But some cities, such as Seattle, have banned the bags. Chicago and the state of California have enacted bans that will take effect next year.

The Kansas City Star reports Roeland Park and Garden City, Kansas, both studied the issue but dropped it.

Ben Claypool, chairman of a citizens committee studying the issue in Prairie Village, says the idea is getting a lot of support. The committee is considering an outright ban or fining shoppers who use plastic.

Columbia, Missouri, also is considering an ordinance that would prohibit anyone selling perishable food from providing the bags.

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