Ohio bans plas­tic bags, to fine of­fend­ers

The Punch - - INTERNATIO­NAL BUSINESS -

Aban on sin­gle use plas­tic bags took ef­fect Wed­nes­day in the Ohio county that’s home to Cleve­land, though the ban won’t be en­forced with fines un­til July 1.

As re­ported by The Associated Press, de­spite the long roll-out, most Gi­ant Ea­gle gro­cery stores in Cuya­hoga County elim­i­nated the bags be­gin­ning New Year’s Day, Fox 8-TV re­ported.

“it is a big shift for both our cus­tomers and our com­pany,” said Gi­ant Ea­gle spokesper­son Dan Dono­van. The com­pany will have re­us­able bags for pur­chase and cus­tomers will re­ceive fuel perks for ev­ery re­us­able bag used.

A few sub­urbs opted out of the ban, and Cleve­land also opted out un­til July 1 to give a work­ing group time to study the im­pact of re­duc­ing plas­tic bags on busi­nesses.

Some state law­mak­ers and busi­ness groups say such lo­cal bans make it harder for gro­cers and other busi­nesses to op­er­ate, and pro­posed bills would pro­hibit lo­cal gov­ern­ments from for­bid­ding the use of plas­tic bags.

But Gov. Mike Dewine op­poses those ef­forts, say­ing it would be a mis­take for state law­mak­ers to over­ride lo­cal gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions.

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