Missouri Legislature to consider plastic bag ban

Proposed legislation would prevent any Missouri establishment from distributing disposable plastic bags to customers. | Courtesy of torbakhopper/flickr
Courtesy of torbakhopper/flickr

A bill aimed at banning plastic bags and reducing landfill waste is before the Missouri House of Representatives.

Sponsored by Rep. Mary Nichols, D-Maryland Heights, House Bill 505 would “prohibit retail establishments from using, distributing, or selling any single-sure, disposable, non recyclable plastic carryout bags to its customers,” according to the bill text.

The City of Columbia is considering a similar restriction within city limits. The effort aims to reduce the number of plastic bags in Missouri landfills. According to Nichols, plastic bags are “unsightly” and “put toxins in the food chain.”

The bill has encountered opposition from House Republicans. Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, the state director of the Missouri Grocers Association, has filed a bill that would ban restricting retailers on the types of bags they provide to customers.

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