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Plastics Bag Ban Law Comes Into Force in the City of Providence

Paul Ploumis
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The City has spent nearly $17,000 on outreach and awareness campaigns to educate retailers and community members on the provisions of the ordinance.

Plastics Bag Ban Law Comes Into Force in the City of Providence

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The ban on single-use plastic bags will officially take effect on Tuesday in the City of Providence.

The law prohibits distribution of plastic checkout bags by city retailers. However, retail establishments are allowed to apply for exemptions under unique circumstances. Additional time could be sought, if they prove that they still have inventory of checkout bags. 12 out of 20 such applications have already been approved by the City authorities.

The City has spent nearly $17,000 on outreach and awareness campaigns to educate retailers and community members on the provisions of the ordinance, including radio promotion, newspaper advertisements, social media campaigns and poster-printing campaigns. In addition, volunteer group Zero Waste Providence had organized a reusable bag swap programme for the benefit of customers.

The Retail Plastic Bag Reduction was signed into law by City Mayor Jorge Elorza in April this year, following unanimous approval by the City Council. The law is aimed at reducing plastic bag waste and encouraging shoppers to carry alternative reusable bags. Meantime, the ban exempts certain categories of plastic bags such as the ones used to hold laundry and dry-cleaning, newspapers, produce, frozen foods, meat and fish.

 

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The law does not require retailers to charge fees for replacement bags. A similar ordinance in 2018 had to face veto by the Mayor, since it had that requirement.

The first-time violators of the plastic bag ban will be given a warning. A second offence will be fined $50. Also, each subsequent offense will attract a fine of $100. The revenue collected through fines will be used to fund outreach and awareness campaigns.

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