(KMOV.com) – Missouri lawmakers are debating whether or not to join other states in banning plastic bags from grocery stores.
Americans use about 100 billion plastic bags every year and about 150 communities in the United States have some sort of restriction on plastic bag use.
Marsala’s Market in New Town offers paper and plastic, but most customers prefer plastic. “I would say 90 percent plastic,” said Mark Hohenshell of Marsala’s Market. “I think it’s just much easier to load and go. [You] can carry two or three bags in each arm.”
The decision to either keep or restrict plastic bags has advocates on both sides of the aisle. State Representative Mary Nichols from Maryland Heights wants to restrict the use of plastic bags. However, State Representative Dan Shaul from Imperial, who is also the Director of the Missouri Grocers Association, wants to ban the restrictions so grocers can still use plastic bags.
Many cities charge extra money to use plastic, usually about ten cents, in order to encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags.
One shopper, Lori Stephens, was in the San Francisco area and had to pay extra. “I thought it was a good idea,” Stephens said. “I can see where people would be aggravated with that, but in the end, it’s good for everyone.” California became the first state to enact a statewide ban.
Hohenshell says there is no difference in the cost for him regarding paper or plastic. The bill to block any restrictions on plastic bags went before a house committee earlier this week. No action was taken.