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17.103.200 Purpose for Prohibition on Single-Use Plastic Checkout Bags.

The purpose for the prohibition on single-use plastic checkout bags is to regulate the distribution of plastic bags at retail and food establishments. The distribution of plastic bags has significant, on-going harmful impacts upon the environment, including;

A.  Plastic bags are a major source of litter.

B.  When littered, the material is detrimental to wildlife that ingests it.

C.  The materials used in plastic bags are persistent in the environment.