Environment

Statewide bans on plastic bags, straws are on Dems’ green to-do list in Olympia

FILE — This Aug. 3, 2009 photo shows a clerk bagging groceries in plastic sacks at the M Street Grocery in Seattle. The Seattle City Council voted Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, to ban single-use plastic bags from groceries and other retail stores, joining a growing trend among cities that embrace green values. The ordinance, which was approved unanimously following months of discussion and debate, included a provision to charge a nickel fee for the use of paper bags, to encourage people to bring their own bags when they go shopping. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) WAET201

With hefty majorities in both chambers of the state Legislature, Democrats say the time is ripe for a shift away from the material that has polluted waters and clogged recycling centers. Opponents question how much good the measures would do.

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