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Should Boston ban plastic grocery bags?


Should plastic bags be banned?  

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San Francisco recently became the first city in the country to ban plastic grocery bags. Stores can either provide paper bags, or patrons must bring their own bags. Now a Boston councilman has proposed a similar measure here, and 9 out of 12 council members have said they will support the measure.

Councilor Robert Consalvo has sponsored the measure, which has already been endorsed by nine of 12 council members. He told The Boston Globe that littered bags dot trees, lots and sidewalks across the city and pose an environmental hazard.

Consalvo's measure also proposes increased recycling for grocery bags. Mayor Thomas Menino would have to sign the measure before it becomes law.

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