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Tennessee bill would ban use of paper, plastic bags at stores in favor of reusable bags

Story courtesy of Adrian Mojica, WZTV Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Legislation filed in the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday would make paper and plastic bags items of the past in an effort to protect the environment.

SB 2131 is sponsored by Senator Richard Briggs, a Republican representing District 7 in Knox County.

Under the bill, any bag designed for one time use, such as plastic or paper bags at grocery stores, would be prohibited. The bags would also be prohibited for use by retail or other food service businesses.

Instead, establishments would be allowed to provide customers with a reusable bag. Reusable bags would have to have handles, the ability to be cleaned or disinfected, and is designed for at least 125 uses.

One-time use bags or bags without handles would be allowed for use to prevent food from damaging or contaminating other foods, to contain an unwrapped or hot food item, to deliver newspapers, and for dry cleaning.

If passed, the bill would go into law on January 1, 2021.

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