Council votes to ban plastic bags in the city

Council votes to ban plastic bags in the city

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati City Council voted to ban plastic bags at all grocery stores, restaurants, and any business that sells food.

According to our media partners at The Cincinnati Enquirer, Betsy Sundermann was the lone vote against the ban. She was concerned it would be a hardship for small businesses in poor neighborhoods.

The ban will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

The proposal was first introduced back in March but was put on the back burner when the pandemic hit.

Under the plan, you bring your own reusable tote to the store or get one there for a 5 cent fee.

“Americans use about 22 billion single-use plastic bags every year and it can take up to a thousand years for just one of them to degrade into our planet and while it’s doing that. It’s giving off methane and toxic gases into our environment,” explained Councilman Chris Seelbach.

Seelbach says the City Health Department will enforce the new law but will work with businesses to come into compliance.

If businesses don’t comply, Seelbach says the business will be charged a $100 fine per day.

Kroger says it will transition all of its stores by 2025 and supports the ban saying it reduces plastic waste.

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