Petition to force vote on Seattle's plastic bag ban fails to collect enough signatures; ban, which allows stores to charge US$0.05 per paper bag, will go into effect in July

SEATTLE , January 18, 2012 () – The effort to let Seattle residents vote on a plastic bag ban has fallen short.

The Seattle Times reports ( a petition to place the issue on the August ballot collected less than 3,000 signatures. It needed 16,000 by Tuesday's deadline.

The city council approved the ban in December on plastic bags for customers of grocery and retail stores. The ban goes into effect in July. Stores will be able to charge a nickel for paper bags.

The Washington Legislature also is considering a statewide ban on plastic bags.

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