Providence City Council passes plastic bag ban

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence City Council has passed a new ordinance banning single use plastic shopping bags.

It is estimated that more than 95-million plastic bags are used every year in the capital city.

“The economic reasons are also significant as the City will save at least $1 Million each year by removing this common contaminant to our recycling system,” said City Council Majority Whip Jo-Ann Ryan.

Providence becomes the 7th community in Rhode Island to ban plastic bags.

The new ordinance goes in to effect in one year.

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