Plastic Bag, Straw Bans Up for Discussion at State Capitol

The public will have an opportunity to weight on the fate of plastic bags, straws and foam takeout food containers in Connecticut.

The legislature's Environment Committee will hold a public hearing Monday on a host of bills that ban such items or impose a fee.

One bill bars stores from providing or selling single-use plastic bags as of 2020. Violators could face fines. Another bill requires stores to charge customers at least 5 cents per bag. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has called for a 10-cent per bag tax.

Lamont says about one billion plastic bags are used annually in Connecticut, but the recycling rate is approximately 5 percent.

Other bills ban single-use polystyrene food containers and bar restaurants from providing single-use plastic straws unless requested by a customer.

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