- Associated Press - Friday, April 6, 2018

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - Port Angeles officials have approved a measure banning plastic bags commonly used for carryout from stores within the city.

The Peninsula Daily News reports the city council voted 4-3 Tuesday to adopt the ordinance that prohibits the thin plastic bags and requires a charge of at least 5 cents on any bag businesses provide to a customer at the point of sale.

Council member Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin says the ordinance bans the non-compostable bags that are causing problems for recycling plants and the marine environment.

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Officials say the measure seeks to encourage residents to bring reusable bags while shopping.

The ordinance goes into effect in July. The city may issue $250 fines to businesses found in violation.


Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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