Georgia Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) has introduced a bill in the state legislature that would ban the use of plastic grocery bags.
The ban would apply to single-use plastic bags provided by retailers. Bags used for bulk foods or uncooked meat, bags containing newspapers, garment bags, bags used for food carryout orders and bags provided by a pharmacy for prescription drugs would be exempt from the ban.
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont have all banned single-use plastic bags. Last year, the Atlanta City Council voted to ban single-use plastics in city buildings and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
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A bill to prohibit the use of plastic grocery bags has been proposed in the state Legislature following a handful of other states that have implemented bag bans.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta, comes five years after a bill to prevent local jurisdictions from passing their own plastic bag bans was defeated.