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New Hampshire House Passes Two Single-use Plastics Bills

New Hampshire House Passes Two Single-use Plastics Bills

One bill would impose a mandatory plastic bag charge for shoppers, and the other would allow stores to limit that charge to 50 cents or less.

The New Hampshire House on January 9 passed two bills that aim to regulate single-use plastics. House Bill 559 would require New Hampshire stores to charge between 10 cents and 50 cents for plastic bags provided to shoppers and carry plastic bags with a minimum thickness of 4 one-thousandths of an inch, and House Bill 102 would allow New Hampshire stores to cap the limit of the plastic bag charge at 50 cents, according to a report by Valley News.

The two bills will now move on to the Senate to be voted on.

Valley News has more details:

The New Hampshire House passed two bills to regulate single-use plastics Thursday, furthering an effort by Democrats to crack down on waste from plastic bags and straws.

Members of the House voted largely along party lines to impose a mandatory plastic bag charge for all New Hampshire shoppers.

House Bill 559 would require that New Hampshire stores charge between 10 and 50 cents for plastic bags given to customers at the point of sale. And it would require stores to carry plastic bags of a minimum thickness — 4 one-thousandths of an inch, or mils.

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