Vancouver considers plastic baglessness
Rob Peters | November 22, 2007 at 11:03 amby
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San Francisco has just eliminated plastic bags from its grocery stores and Vancouver should look at doing the same, says the city's opposition party.
"This is a huge issue worldwide and this is something we can do easily and quickly in Vancouver. We can put our money where our mouth is," said Vision Vancouver Coun. Tim Stevenson.
He said he plans to bring forward a motion at Tuesday's council meeting asking staff to come up with options within 90 days for a plan to phase out plastic bags.
Stevenson said he got the idea a year ago, after talking with people in San Francisco.
San Francisco became the first American city to introduce a partial ban on plastic bags with a vote in March this year.
Under the ban, which just came into effect on Monday, plastic bags are banned in large grocery stores. In six months, pharmacy chains will have to follow suit.
Smaller stores of all kinds are not affected by the ban.
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