Restaurants escape plastic ban; grocery stores and retailers will have to go to paper

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SEVEN NEWS. DOUG: NEXT YEAR, THESE BAGS WILL
NO LONGER BE AN OPTION WHEN
YOU’RE SHOPPING IN ALBUQUERQUE. SHOPPERS WILL HAVE TO LEAVE WITH
THESE PAPER BAGS, OR BRING THEIR
OWN LIKE THIS ONE. TARGET 7 FOUND OUT HOW THIS WILL
IMPACT YOU, AT THE CASH
REGISTER
FOR YEARS, GROCERY STORES HAVE
ASKED PAPER OR PLASTIC. SOON, THAT WON’T BE AN OPTION
AFTER A LENGTHY DEBATE THE
ALBUQUERQUE CITY COUNCIL PASSED
AN ORDINANCE THAT BANS PLASTIC
BAGS FROM GROCERY STORES AND
RETAILERS.>>MORE THAN 200 CITIES AROUND
THE COUNTRY HAVE DONE SOMETHING
ON PLASTICS. DOUG: SO WHAT WILL THIS MEAN
WHEN YOU GO TO THE GROCERY
STORE?>>IF ANYTHING, IT WILL HELP US
OUT. DOUG: PLASTIC BAGS COST GROCERY
STORES ABOUT ONE CENT EACH,
PAPER BAGS, ABOUT $.07. AND THE NEW LEGISLATION ALLOWS
GROCERY STORES TO PASS THE
EXPENSE TO THE CUSTOMER. AS FOR SHOPPERS, THEIR THOUGHTS
TO THE PLASTIC BAN, ARE A MIXED
BA
>>IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING THAT’S
FROZEN, IT’S GUN MELT, THEN THE
PAPER WILL BREAK, SO IT’S USELESS. I THINK THEY SHOULD GET RID
OF PAPER ONCE, TOO. PEOPLE HAVE ENOUGH BAGS AT HOME. I AM NOT HAPPY FOR GROCERIES
TO COST EXTRA BECAUSE OF THE
BAGS CHANGING OR WHATEVER. DOUG: FOR MONTHS, WHAT HAS BEEN
CALLED THE PLASTIC BAN ORDINANCE
HAS BEEN DEBATED, AT ONE POINT
IT LOOKED TO PROHIBIT PLASTIC
STRAWS, UTENSILS AND CONTAINERS
FROM RESTAURANTS. BUT SEVERAL AMENDMENTS WERE MADE
AT MONDAY’S MEETING TO FOCUS THE
ORDINANCE ON ONE THING.>>NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS IN
RETAIL BUSINESS IN ALBUQUERQUE. EVERYTHING ELSE WE WILL LOOK AT
DOWN THE ROAD. DOUG: IF YOU ORDER TAKE OUT AT A
RESTAURANT, YOU’LL STILL GET A
PLASTIC BAG. RESTAURANTS ARE EXEMPT FROM THE
ORDINANCE. YOU’LL ALSO GET A PLASTIC BAG
COVERING YOUR CEAN CLOTHES AT
THE DRY CLEANE
BUT AT GROCERY STORES AND THE
MALL, IT’S PAPER ONLY. WE REACHED OUT TO SMITH’S,
ALBERTSONS AND WAL-MART TO ASK
THEM IF THE NEW ORDINANCE WILL
EFFECT WHAT THEY CHARGE
CUSTOMERS. THEY HAVEN’T RESP

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