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Cuyahoga County may ban non-recyclable bags from retail stores

Plastic bags may be on their way out in Cuyahoga County
Plastic bags may be on their way out in Cuyahoga County
Published: Apr. 7, 2019 at 10:48 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Those plastic bags you use for groceries may soon be on their way out in Cuyahoga County.

Members of Cuyahoga County council wants to limit the waste non-recyclable use bags create by eliminating them from retail stores.

The council will discuss the ban this week.

Cuyahoga County council members Sunny Simon and Dale Miller are sponsoring the legislation.

Simon said the ban would dramatically reduce the pollution problem in Lake Erie, which is the second most plastic-polluted of the Great Lakes:

“It will be a huge change. We know that consumers in Cuyahoga County use up to 319 million of these plastic or single-use bags a year. That’s a lot of bags...and they either wind up in landfills or they wind up in the lake, or waterways and then into the lake.”

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