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San Jose bans plastic bags

from San Jose Mercury News

San Jose became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic carry-out bags recently with an ordinance that supporters said was the most far-reaching in the country aimed at encouraging shoppers to bring reusable totes. The ordinance, approved on a 10-1 vote after two years of study, wouldn't become effective until Jan. 1, 2012, to allow for more public outreach. "This is a great step," Councilman Sam Liccardo said. "It's an opportunity to lead on an important environmental issue." more


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