Could a ban on plastic bags really work?

Could a ban on plastic bags really work?

There is a bill floating around that would seek to end the sale of single-use plastic bags in the state of Maryland. This ban would be one of many against other single-use plastic items.

There’s has been an all-out assault on single-use plastics from all directions. Plastic straws and styrofoam are banned in Maryland and D.C., with Virginia soon to follow suit. Maryland and Virginia even placed fines on holding balloon releases, under some circumstances.

What does the state’s move from plastic say about its sustainability efforts? Is banning plastic the right way to combat pollution? How will this affect local businesses? And what alternatives are available?

Produced by Richard Cunningham

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