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Reusable bags sparks conversation at Assembly


August 9, 2018

Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

Ace Hardware has already started offering their customers reusable bags. The red bags are for sale, while customers have the choice of a plastic bag or a free blue reusable bag with their purchase.

To initiate a discussion about banning disposable plastic shopping bags in Petersburg, a sample ordinance was presented to the borough assembly on Monday.

"They get into the garbage and the landfill and then into the water," said John Havrilek, who requested the discussion and sample ordinance be presented to the assembly. "We need to be responsible and step up and use something that can be reused again and also be better for carrying our groceries."

In the sample ordinance, which is a draft from a similar ordinance being voted on in Unalaska, sellers would be prohibited from distributing...

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