Unlike other states, Vermont proceeds with disposable bag ban - Associated Press

The disposal paper cup was invented as a solution to germ transmission. But now the disposable plastic bag is being eliminated in the middle of a pandemic, per fiat of the Vermont Legislature and the executive branch.

"Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Conservation saw no need to change or postpone the ban on plastic bags, saying reusable bags can be used safely and are not any more of a risk than other surfaces customers and employees touch in retail transactions, said Secretary Julie Moore. "Plastic bags take hundreds of years to break down, can harm wildlife, clog recycling machinery, and, together with other single-use products, make up an estimated 32 percent of Vermont's waste," she said by email."

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