- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Shoppers in Sioux City might want to invest in a reusable shopping bag, as officials in the northwestern Iowa city are considering ways to restrict plastic bag usage.

A concrete proposal hasn’t been worked out yet, but a possible ordinance likely would not contain an outright ban on plastic bags, the Sioux City Journal reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1oHUug7 ). Instead, the city is considering imposing a fee on plastic bags or some other measure to encourage retailers to issue reusable bags.

Any restrictions might affect only larger, corporate businesses at first, city environmental services analyst Melissa Campbell said.

Campbell said the push to create an ordinance began after people complained to her office about plastic bags getting stuck in fences and trees and littering streets and parks.

City officials plan to use the results of a survey being made available to consumers and retailers about disposable bag use to help craft a proposal.

City officials have been in contact with communities across the nation that have enacted plastic bag ordinances, such as Chicago and Austin, Texas, to help come up with ideas, said Carrie Radloff, president of the Sioux City Environmental Advisory Board.

Across the Missouri River in South Sioux City, Nebraska, officials also have plastic bag ordinance, said South Sioux City Administrator Lance Hedquist. He would like Sioux City’s discussions to become a cooperative effort between the two cities.

“It makes sense to be consistent on both sides of the river,” he said.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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