Plastic Bag Bans Could Be The Next Wave

Law360, New York (August 5, 2009, 6:56 PM EDT) -- Certain cities and towns throughout the United States have begun moving to either ban or tax the use of plastic carryout bags — but those efforts are being opposed by a chemical industry that says recycling is a better alternative.

Thus far this year, nearly 300 billion plastic bags have been consumed worldwide, according to, a Web site that sells reusable bags.

Environmental advocates say these plastic bags disproportionately end up as litter because they are lightweight and hard to contain. Plastic bags are also...
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