Prospect of ban on plastic bags doesnt ruffle shoppers

first_imgYou won’t find plastic bags in the shopping carts of Dana Blair and Brenda Miles. The two Vancouver residents aren’t big fans of paper, either.“Then you’re looking at, how many trees are you going to destroy?” Blair said.Both walked across a Fred Meyer parking lot this week toting a load of re-usable cloth bags. They’ve welcomed recent news that Portland and Seattle, among a handful of other Northwest cities, banned the use of most plastic grocery bags since last year — adding fuel to a debate that’s far from over.The Washington Legislature has taken on the issue again this session, kicking around a pair of bills that would ban the ubiquitous plastic bags across the entire state. The idea has gained at least some traction, with the Senate version receiving a hearing last week. The House proposal — co-sponsored by eight Democrats — is scheduled for a hearing at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the House Committee on the Environment.Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, is among the sponsors of the House version. He acknowledged a statewide bag ban isn’t likely to pass this year. But that’s not the only goal of introducing the legislation, he said.“I think it’s done a good job raising the profile of the issue,” Fitzgibbon said. Even if it doesn’t become law in 2012, “it’s certainly something that we need to be aware of.”last_img

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