Assembly hears testimony on proposed plastic bag ban
After more than two hours of public testimony Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly postponed a decision on banning plastic bags until later this month.
A long line of people waited Tuesday to voice their opinion on what the Assembly should do.
Nearly everyone was in favor of banning the plastic bags for various reasons – because they fly out of the landfill, to keep them out of Alaska streams and away from salmon, or because there are safer options like biodegradable or compostable bags.
A lot of people were open to a tax, or some sort of small fee for people who want some other kind of bag. Others weren't, and were concerned about forcing people to use re-usable bags.
"It's time for Anchorage be on (the) positive bandwagon here,” Dorothy Childers of Indian told the Assembly. “I realize that a lot of the plastic pollution across in our oceans and across our landscape might not come from Anchorage, and it's truly a global phenomenon and a global problem, but we're a local community and we get to choose how we want to behave – and I think the more local communities that take action on this issue the better. And we lead by example."
The Assembly will next take up the proposed Anchorage plastic-bag ban at its Aug. 28 meeting.
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