Minnesota Blocks Minneapolis Bag Ban

Last April, Minneapolis City Council passed legislation that banned plastic bags, and installed a 5 cent charge for paper or compostable bags, joining other environmental conscious cities throughout the US.

Plastic bag pollution

The ban was supposed to take effect this week, but just a few days before everything was set, the State of Minnesota passed its own legislation that dictated, “no political subdivision shall impose any ban upon the use of paper, plastic, or reusable bags…”

For the time being this means that the Minneapolis bag ban is on hold. The city legislature is looking for ways to work within the new state law, but in the meantime, they are encouraging businesses to move forward with plans to get rid of plastic bags, and citizens to bring reusable bags.

Read the Minneapolis ordinance here

Read more about the Minnesota State legislation here

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