City Council Considers “Banning The Bag”

The Baltimore City Council gave preliminary approval this week to a measure to ban business use of plastic bags, to go into effect April 1. The measure was granted preliminary approval following a hearing on related legisaltion to impose a new “bag tax” of 5 cents per plastic bag, a measure that has been implemented in other jurisdictions.

From coverage in the Baltimore Sun:

The proposed ban would make Baltimore one of the first East Coast cities to outlaw plastic bags — decried for littering Baltimore’s waterways. But it faces many obstacles before becoming law.

Retailers, stunned by the council’s move, pledged to fight the ban. And Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she would veto it. Shoppers could end up paying more, the mayor said, noting that paper bags cost merchants at least twice as much as plastic.

Read the full Sun story online.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties