San Jose to consider plastic bags ban

August 24, 2009 10:50:01 AM PDT
Plastic bags may soon be banned in the Bay Area's biggest city.

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On Monday, a San Jose city council committee will consider how to scale back the use of the non-biodegradable bags that strangle birds, clog storm drains and paralyze recycling machines.

Options on the table include a fee, a ban or an education campaign. Many merchants oppose charging shoppers a fee in this economy.

Santa Clara County wants all its cities to ban plastic bags and charge for paper by next spring.

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