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Bainbridge Island passes plastic bag ban

With overwhelming public support it seems banning plastic bags on the island was, well, in the bag.

The Bainbridge Island City Council voted to ban plastic bags Wednesday evening by a unanimous vote.

Before the issue was discussed by the council, the chamber was filled with advocates for the ban, many of whom voiced their support during public comment. Only one dissenting voice came forward, urging a public vote.

The council enthusiastically embraced the wishes of the majority of pro-ban islanders. Each council member voiced their approval and personal opinions on the issue shortly before passing the ban, many noting that it was a first step and hopefully more can be done in the future to help the Puget Sound environment.

The ban takes effect Nov. 1. A five cent pass through charge will be applied to paper bags.

 

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