Omaha mayor vetoes plastic bag ban

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Saying "an ordinance to ban plastic bags does not solve the problem of plastic debris in our landfills," Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert on Wednesday vetoed the plastic bag ban ordinance passed by the City Council on Tuesday.

The veto was not unexpected as the mayor indicate yesterday she would not support Ordinance 41807.

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Stothert said research, surveys, and EPA data show retail plastic bags, which make up 0.3% of municipal plastic waste, "are one of the most reused products in America."

Stothert acknowledged in her statement that she previously supported a ban over the implementation of a fee: "Consumers should not have to pay an additional fee for groceries."

In issuing her veto Wednesday, the mayor said she would support a resolution requiring retailers to phase out the use of plastic bags by 2025.