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06/07/2012 09:23 AM
Hawaii: First State to Ban Plastic Bags
Hawaii is the first state in the US to outright ban plastic bags. They also banned paper bags that don't have a minimum of 40% recycled content.
That will keep about 450 million bags a year out of the state's waste stream and prevent them from ending up in the ocean.
The local Sierra Club chapter and the Surfrider Foundation led the effort. They expect the state to charge for paper bags in the near future. A 10-cent fee would raise $20 million a year which would go toward restoring and protecting watersheds and rainforest areas that get trampled by non-native animals such as goats and pigs.