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Missouri lawmakers want to prevent cities from banning plastic items

Posted at 3:14 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 19:44:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some Missouri lawmakers want to prevent cities from imposing bans on plastic items.

“I feel it is not that big of a deal. I use plastic bags on a lot of things. It is better than paper,” said Nick Haywood Jr.

It’s a question we all get at the grocery store, paper or plastic. Recently more cities around the country are banning plastic bags.

In Illinois, some lawmakers want to tax people for using plastic bags.

“I use reusable bags because I don’t want to waste with plastic or paper bags,” said Laura Faust.

In Missouri, there is already a law preventing cities from banning plastic bags. Now some lawmakers want to extend that ban to items like cups and straws.

“I think it should be something a city should handle, state legislatures have bigger fish to fry than paper of plastic,” said Daniel Puckett.

The Conservation Law Foundation says every year Americans throw away more than 100 billion plastic bags. While bags can be recycled, they say only 7 percent are recycled.

While the debate is going on in Missouri, in Kansas there currently are no plastic ban bills.