Omaha Mayor asks city council to bench plastic bag ban

Published: May. 21, 2019 at 9:10 AM CDT
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Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert submitted a letter to the city council Monday night asking them to put a hold on a vote for an ordinance that would ban plastic bags.

The letter stated that the mayor is opposed to the ordinance and would instead support a litter study.

The city council will hear more public comment on the plastic bag ban at their meeting on Tuesday.

The reasons the mayor cited included EPA reports that show plastic bags make up 0.3 percent of solid waste and that 90 percent of discarded bags are in a size that exempts them from the proposed ordinance.

The letter also expressed concerns that retailers who cannot give out plastic bags will also not accept them for recycling.

Stothert said that she is, however, supportive of a resolution that would require the use of "t-shirt" style plastic bags.

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