Ashland votes to ban plastic bags in grocery stores

, Posted: Tue, April 15 2014 at 11:23 PM, Updated: Wed, April 16 2014 at 8:43 AM

Ashland votes to ban plastic bags in grocery stores

Ashland, Ore. -- In a first reading and vote the council voted 5 to 1 in favor of a plastic shopping bag ban Tuesday night.

Under the ordinance stores would no longer be able to provide plastic bags.

Councilors did go back and forth on different amendments about the restrictions.

They decided customers will be charged only 10 cents per paper bag, rather than the original proposal of 25 cents.

The paper bags also must be made up of at least 40-percent recycled content.

This is the first reading for the plastic bag ban.

The ordinance will have to have a second reading and vote.

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