Plastic Bag Ban Proposal Moves Forward in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal that would ban Minneapolis stores from giving out plastic bags is moving forward with approval from a City Council committee.
The Star Tribune reports the Health, Environment and Community Engagement committee voted 4-0 Monday to forward the proposal to the full City Council.
The ban would take effect in April 2017 if approved. It would exempt several kinds of plastic bags, including ones used to wrap produce, takeout foods, baked goods, newspapers, flowers and dry-cleaning or laundry.
The plan would also require businesses to charge a 5-cent fee for paper bags, though customers getting public assistance to buy food wouldn't have to pay the fee.
Council members Cam Gordon and Abdi Warsame drafted the proposal, and said they're looking to change consumer habits to get the city nearer to its zero-waste goals.