City council in Newport, Oregon, organizes task force of wide range of stakeholders to study possible ban or forced reduction of single-use plastic bags, recommendations expected by next September

LOS ANGELES , January 5, 2012 () – Newport, Oregon’s city council decided on Jan. 3 to organize a task force that will study a possible ban or forced reduction in the use of single-use plastic bags, reported on Jan. 4.

The task force, which will include representation from a wide range of stakeholders, is expected to report its recommendations to the city council by next September.

Task force members will be expected to weigh in on various alternatives to how the city should handle the council-acknowledged environmental threat created by the bags.

The choices open to the task force include exploring everything from no ban, a partial ban, to a full ban, according to the city council, which will consider the task force’s recommendations in forming its position,

The task force representatives will come from environmental groups, grocery stores, the farmers market, waste haulers, the fishing community, Chamber of Commerce, big and small retailers, and members of the public.

The council should set very clear instructions on the task force’s agenda, making it clear that the focus is on dealing with single-use plastic bags, advised Charlie Plybon, regional coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation, reported.

The primary source of this article is, Newport, Oregon, on Jan. 4, 2012.

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