Should Iowa City ban plastic bags?

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – City staff’s answer to the that question, is no, a ban on plastic grocery bags is not necessary.

They’ve been studying the matter since the start of the year, and they say they are seeing reduced use of the bags and more recycling. See the details below in a memo released by the city today.

In January, the council discussed outlawing plastic bags but ultimately decided not to pursue the idea. Council member Connie Champion had suggested looking into a ban after reading about a ban in San Francisco.

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