No paper or plastic? Legislators next spring may consider banning such bags

By the Sun-Sentinel

Paper or plastic?

How about neither?

Florida environmental officials want to make the state the first in the nation to prohibit throwaway plastic and paper bags.

The proposed ban would follow a five-year phaseout during which escalating fees, starting at a nickel a bag, would be imposed whenever such bags were used. Such a statewide fee -- which would also be a national first -- is already drawing criticism as a hidden tax.

The state Department of Environmental Protect thinks the manufacture of paper bags is as much of a pollution problem as the disposal of plastic bags.


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