22 July 2008 23:22 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Baltimore has rejected a proposal to ban plastic bags at grocery stores similar to a measure passed in San Francisco last year, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The bill was rejected 11-3, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Opponents of the bill argued that paper bags posed a threat to the environment, citing trees that needed to be cut for paper production, the newspaper reported
Baltimore grocery-store representatives also opposed the measure, claming packaging costs for the industry would increase because paper bags were more expensive than plastic bags, the newspaper reported.
A spokesperson for the Baltimore City Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
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