Bainbridge Island, Wash., bans plastic bags



BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Bainbridge Island, Wash., has voted to ban plastic bags.

The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve the ordinance. The ban takes effect Nov. 1.

The Kitsap Sun reports ( ) that Bainbridge Island joins Seattle, Bellingham, Edmonds and Mukilteo in enacting bag bans in Washington.

Fifteen audience members spoke, with only one opposing the ban. M.C. Halvorsen said she preferred a public vote.

Fourteen-year-old Anika Vroom urged the council to approve the ban, saying adults are piling waste on younger generations.

Also backing the ban are the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and Town & Country Market, which believes the measure will be cost-neutral due to a provision allowing stores to charge 5 cents for recyclable paper bags.


Information from: Kitsap Sun,