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City Council Considers a Plastic Bag Ban

SIOUX CITY, IA - It's a move that would benefit the environment, but Sioux City's City Council wants public feedback before they make a decision.

The city is thinking about an ordinance to regulate the distribution of single-use plastic bags. An average person uses up to 500 plastic bags every year for only 12 minutes per bag. Most of time those plastic bags are not disposed of properly and become litter.

Environmental Services Analyst Melissa Campbell said, "They can clog our storm sewers, it's harmful to wildlife. In the event these bags aren't disposed of properly they can end up in our waterways and the wildlife can mistake them for food. And even if they are disposed of in a landfill they're not biodegradable."

The city is looking for feedback from consumers and retailers. You can find that survey on the city website's homepage.

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