Single-use plastic bag opponents eye green options

Supermarket plastic bags full of shopping are carried by shoppers in London, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The Government has bowed to pressure to introduce a charge on single-use carrier bags to cut litter. A 5p (0.61 euro/$0.83) charge will be introduced in England from October 2015 to help reduce the number of plastic bags handed out by retailers across the country, many of which end up as litter and harm the environment. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A Bloomington group opposed to single-use plastic bags is seeking more environmentally friendly solutions, including a possible ban on use of the bags.

The group hopes to eventually propose greener options to the Bloomington City Council.

Center for Sustainable Living board member Jeanne Leimkuhler tells The Herald-Times ( ) that about 140 municipalities across the U.S. have imposed limits on plastic bags. They include ordinances that charge for each plastic or paper bag, those banning their use altogether and others that offer credits to customers who supply their own reusable bags.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 32 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2012.

The group also is considering conducting a survey this summer to study the issue.


Information from: The Herald Times,


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