Maine Could Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could ban single-use bags under a new bill.
The Legislature began considering the proposal at a public hearing Wednesday morning.
Rep. Holly Stover's bill aims to prohibit retailers from using single-use bags. Instead, it would allow 100% recycled paper bags and reusable, machine-washable bags.
California, Hawaii and New York have similar bag bans.
Maine retail stores could provide recyclable paper bags for at least 5 cents per bag. That fee wouldn't apply to restaurants and certain stores.
Ecomaine spokesman Matt Grondin said plastic bags aren't easily recycled and often end up as litter.
A representative of the industry group representing plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers claims that bag bans could pave the way for thicker bags winding up in landfills.