- Associated Press - Sunday, December 2, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Environmental advocates are pushing for a Vermont town to join the chorus of communities across the country in banning plastic shopping bags.

The Bennington Banner reports the Climate Advocates of Bennington will formally propose a ban before the town Select Board Dec. 10.

The group has not decided on the details of the ban, but member Elizabeth Schumer says they want to model it on the ordinance that went into effect in Brattleboro in July.

The Brattleboro ordinance bans local businesses from giving out single-use plastic bags or they will face a potential $50 fine.

Climate Advocates coordinator Barbara True-Weber says single-use plastic has become overwhelming for oceans and landfills.

Member Michelle Alexander says Select Board members have expressed support for the ban.

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