Paper or plastic? The answer in Seattle is, “Neither.”
The city of Seattle Monday passed a law requiring grocery, drug and convenience stores to charge 20 cents apiece for paper and plastic bags. The law takes effect January 1st.
In the past year both San Francisco and Los Angeles have banned the use of plastic bags for environmental reasons. Not to be “outgreened,” Seattle responded with this week’s vote. Earlier this year Seattle had banned the use of bottled water by the city.
Monday’s law also bans styrofoam cups and food containers in the city of Seattle. The city estimates Seattle residents use 360 million disposable bags each year (most of them plastic.) They hope the new law will cut that number in half.