“Americans use an estimated 100 billion plastic bags every year. Although most plastic bags can be recycled, the vast majority of lightweight plastic bags end up in landfills or are set adrift in the environment, where they can wreak havoc on wildlife or infrastructure,” writes MPR News reporter Jon Collins.
At least two Minnesota cities are exploring whether to ban businesses from handing out lightweight plastic bags for free. The Star Tribune reports that city officials in both Minneapolis and St. Louis Park are considering bans, which would be the first plastic bag bans in the state.
Bans or taxes on plastic bags are increasingly common across the world. But the policy measures have received some blowback from plastic bag manufacturers, who lobby the public and elected officials to oppose the measures.
Today’s Question: Do you support a ban on plastic bags?