Baltimore rejects ban on plastic bags - report

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.

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