By Bob Lebeaux, President, The Plastics Group of America
January 9, 2012
On July 1 of this year, Seattle is scheduled to become the third largest city in the United States to ban single-use plastic carryout bags. Last month, the city's 9-member city council voted unanimously to impose the ban. It is the second time the city has attempted to regulate the use of plastic carryout bags. The 20-cent fee Seattle council placed on plastic bags in 2008 was overturned before it went into effect by an August 2009 voter referendum. While we acknowledge that the plastic bag industry does need to improve its image among environmentalists, we believe, as before, that this decision should be once again left up to all voters and be decided by a citywide referendum.