Proposed plastic bag ban postponed yet again

Does this headline have you feeling like you’re experiencing déjà vu? That’s probably because you’ve been reading stories about the proposed plastic bag ban for years. On Boston.com alone, there’s a January 29, 2013 story titled, “Cambridge to draft an ordinance that would ban plastic bags,” a December 2013 post titled “Proposed plastic bag ban takes a step forward in Cambridge,” and then “Cambridge proposed plastic bag ban will get another hearing,” from a February 11 story.

So it’s really only fitting that, despite plans to vote on the ban during a December 15 hearing, councilors have stalled yet again. According to Cambridge Day, the city has spent seven years and seven months working on the proposed ban, which began with an April 30, 2007 policy order. Councilors have now heard three proposed ordinances that would slash the city’s use of paper and plastic bags.

“This is going to impact a lot of folks and we want to make sure that education takes place and that we provide alternatives,” said Vice Mayor Dennis Benzan, according to the Cambridge Chronicle and Tab. “I do believe that we should have one more hearing.”

No date has been set for the next in this ongoing series of bag ban hearings, but stay tuned – this issue is bound to come before the council again within the next few months.

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