Lawmakers consider single-use plastic bag ban

Hartford

As part of the last week of the legislative session, lawmakers met in Hartford on Wednesday to discuss the ban of single-use plastic bags.

State lawmakers from the Environment Committee gathered to talk about a possible ban on single-use plastic bags.

The plastic bag ban is Senate bill 1003 and it would place a hard ban on all plastic bags and non recyclable paper bags by July 1, 2021 if passed.

Related: Whole Foods banning plastic straws

Democrats on the environmental committee gathered to update the media and advocates on the progress of the bill. 

Lawmakers hope that the Senate will take up the bill this week.

The delay in implementing the ban until 2021 is to give businesses time to implement the policy, something Republicans are requesting.

If a town or city already has a stricter ban on plastic bags then the state wide law would be, this law would not preempt those laws. 

Experts say these bags don’t fully break down and animals in the ocean can mistake them for food. Plastic bags can pollute parks, beaches, and roads. They can also be easily swept into storm drains and cause blockages. 

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