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Bag it Duluth on Thursday announced a campaign for a city ordinance that would ban thin plastic shopping bags and impose a minimum 5 cent fee on all paper bags distributed within the city.

The ban would be phased in over a year to allow retailers and consumers time to adjust.

The proposal, if adopted by the Duluth City Council, also would ban the use of carry out or take home polystyrene containers, the foam boxes some restaurants give out. Only reusable or compostable containers would be allowed.

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cheap canada goose uk “This is all aimed at reducing our footprint and encouraging re use. We’ve come to the realization that we have to get away from this disposable, throw away society we have become but that, I think, no one really wants. What we need are alternatives,” said Jamie Harvie, Bag it Duluth campaign coordinator. cheap canada goose uk

The minimum fee provision for bags has gained popularity in other cities, Harvie noted, with all the money collected kept by the retailer, not collected as a canada goose cap uk tax.

Canada Goose Online “It’s more https://www.ferienhaus-starnberger-see.de of a way to (quantify) how having bags out cheap Canada Goose there has a cost,” he said. “It’s important retailers know this isn’t going to cost them any money or require any more work for them.” Canada Goose Online

Harvie said Bag it Duluth is waiting to draft a formal ordinance until after receiving input from local businesses and citizens. cheap canada goose parka The group is looking at dozens of different ordinances in hundreds of cities that already ban plastic shopping bags.

canada goose coats on sale “We want to leave room to have a community conversation before and then pick the best pieces of other ordinances to find something that works here, in a buy canada goose jacket city this size,” Harvie said. canada goose coats on sale

canada goose uk shop But the group said it’s clear recycling efforts haven’t worked to stem the tide of plastic entering the environment, and that efforts to promote reusable bags and containers simply haven’t caught on with plastic bags so easy to access. canada goose uk shop

canada goose 1st District Duluth City Councilor Gary Anderson noted that he had recently read an article about plastic waste, including shopping bags, accumulating in the Great Lakes. canada goose

“It’s a real issue, and I look forward to having a discussion about this. Clearly clean water is always on my radar, and this is definitely something we should be looking at, and there are examples for how we might take action, going forward,” he said Thursday.

Canada Goose Outlet “One concern that I have, and I don’t know how this would be addressed in a resolution or ordinance, is: How do we look at this from an equity standpoint? So how would this ban of plastic bags affect the most vulnerable populations that we have in Duluth poor people, because we have a lot canada goose chilliwack black friday of people living in poverty? We need to canada goose outlet usa think about how we address this issue so that it is fair to everybody, everyone’s needs are met and no one is punished unnecessarily.” Canada Goose Outlet

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