Marin County moves closer to banning plastic bags

Marin County may soon join other California communities that have banned plastic bags.

County supervisors this week gave tentative approval to a plan that would restrict grocery stores from offering customers plastic bags and charge 5 cents for the use of paper bags starting in 2012.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that the measure is expected to receive final approval from the board next month. A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 4.

The ban would apply only to grocery stores in unincorporated parts of the county. Other retailers would be exempt although supervisors said it could be extended to them in the future.

Environmentalists say plastic bags clutter the environment and harm wildlife.

Other California communities, including Los Angeles County, have adopted similar bans.

Information from: Marin Independent Journal

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