Assembly considers pushing back plastic bag ban
Anchorage's ban on plastic bags was supposed to go into effect on March 1 of next year, but now Assembly members are trying to push that date back.
In August, the group passed the plastic bag ban 9-2. Retailers were to offer paper bags at $0.10 per bag; up to $0.50 or encourage reusable bags. Earlier in the year, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough banned single-use plastic bags.
However, during an Anchorage Assembly meeting Tuesday night, members discussed a couple of plans to push the date back to Sept. 15, 2019.
One plan would ban all plastic bags by that date, while the other plan would grant an extension, moving stores to very thin plastic bags so retailers have extra time to go through their regular inventory.
Residents will have the chance to voice their opinions to Assembly members on both options at the next meeting in two weeks.
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