On the Radio: No plastic bag ban for Iowa City

Photo by heal the bay, Flickr
Photo by heal the bay, Flickr

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses a decision by council members to allow the continued use of plastic bags in Iowa City.

Council members have decided not to ban plastic bags in Iowa City.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Studies show that Americans throw out 100 billion plastic bags every year. Some local governments in Portland, San Francisco and North Carolina banned the use of  plastic bags due to their harmful environmental effects.

A similar ban was proposed in Iowa City, but council members decided against it. The council members expressed that this is a complicated decision that shouldn’t be rushed into.

For instance, they would need to first decide what kinds of stores the ban applies to, and how it would be enforced. There’s also concern that having a ban just in Iowa City would put Iowa City stores at a competitive disadvantage to neighboring communities.

The council members also cited that current education and recycling efforts are working well.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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