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City Inside/Out: Plastic Bag Ban
City Inside/Out: Plastic Bag Ban

Starting July 1st, Seattle shoppers will have to bring reusable bags to the store or be prepared to shell out a nickel for a paper bag. How are businesses and consumers getting ready for this big change? Why has the reaction been mixed, so far? On January 19, 2012, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags at all Seattle retailers. The new law takes effect on July 1. How is the city's outreach effort going? Are the rules clear? We hear from City Councilmember Mike O'Brien; Alann Hamada, Director of Uwajimaya Seattle; Tony D'Onofrio, Sustainability Director of Town & Country Markets; and Robb Krehbiel of Environment Washington. Why did the Seattle City Council approve this ban just three years after voters rejected a similar measure? How many other cities are planning to follow in Seattle's footsteps? Check it out this week on the show!

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