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The Seattle Times reports that the City Council there has voted 6-1 to approve a 20-cent charge on all disposable paper and plastic shopping bags that are provided by supermarkets, drug stores and convenience stores.

According to the Times, “City officials estimate Seattle citizens use 360 million paper or plastic bags each year. By a vote of 7-0, the council also approved a two-part ban on certain Styrofoam containers. The bag fee and a ban on foam containers for food from takeout restaurants will take effect in January. A ban on foam trays used for raw meat and seafood at grocery stores is set to take effect in July 2010.”
KC's View:
It would be better if the nation’s stores and consumers moved away from disposable bags on their own and adopted, en masse, the practice of using non-disposable bags that won’t wreak havoc on the environment. Better, but unlikely. So while I’d rather these things evolve without legislation, I’m willing to accept that such regulations may be necessary…and think that the industry needs to accept that this trend has momentum and cannot be stopped.