Newport takes a step toward plastic bag ban

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Newport is one step closer to banning single-use plastic shopping bags.

The City Council voted 6-1 on Wednesday to ask the city administration, working with the Planning Board and the Energy and Environment Commission, to draft an ordinance to phase out use of the bags in city stores.

The Newport Daily News reports that the resolution gives the city until December to draft an ordinance that the council would take up for a vote in January.

David McLaughlin, chief executive officer of Clean Ocean Access, said the organization’s volunteers have picked up more than 9,600 plastic bags from beaches in the area during the past four years.

Barrington was the first municipality in the state to ban plastic bags. Hundreds of others across the nation have banned the bags.

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