Senate passes Plastic Waste Reduction Act

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Senate approved legislation Thursday to promote and encourage the use of recyclable bags by retailers and other businesses.

The “Plastic Waste Reduction Act” would prohibit establishments from offering consumers plastic checkout bags or any non-recyclable paper checkout bags.

It’s time to ban plastic bags in Rhode Island once and for all,” said Amy Moses, Vice President and Rhode Island Director of Conservation Law Foundation. “Plastics pollute at every stage of their lives — from extracting and refining fossil fuels to contaminating our recycling and choking wildlife.”

Ten Rhode Island communities have already enacted similar policies to encourage retailers to use recyclable bags.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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