Pandemic-Paused Plastic Bag Bans Ripped Anew by Critics

Read the full story at Stateline.

The movement to eliminate plastic bags had been advancing in the past few years, with states from New York to California banning them. The bags—a source of pollution, a danger to wildlife and a jamming risk to automatic recycling machines—have been targeted by environmental groups as a menace.

But the pandemic gave fuel to critics and the plastic industry, who cited supply problems and fears of germ transmission early in the crisis, and who now argue that bag bans burden struggling businesses.

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