Rhode Island House committee to hear bill on plastic bag ban
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would ban single-use plastic bags in retail establishments.
The Plastic Waste Reduction Act would set up penalties, including fines up to $500, for businesses that do continue to use plastic bags.
In 2019, the Rhode Island Senate passed a bill to ban single-use plastic bags at checkout counters statewide, but the effort stalled in the House.
If passed by the full House and Senate, the ban would take effect in early 2024.