PROVIDENCE - Last week, Rep. Maria Cimini (Providence) and Rep. Donna Walsh (Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown and Westerly) submitted a bill in the state House of Representatives to ban plastic bags across the state.
“What I think disturbs me so much is when I was driving to Providence last year, three days a week I would look up in the same tree and see the same (darn) plastic bag caught up in tree,” said Walsh, who also recently introduced a bill that addresses food waste issues. “Of course, the real issue is where those plastic bags actually wind up - in our storm water run-off or into the bay where they can be mistaken as food for animals. That is the real danger.”
The new bill was introduced just one day after advocacy group Environment Rhode Island submitted more than10,000 public comments to state lawmakers in support of a ban.
Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island claims that the plastic bag ban that never made it to a vote in 2013 served to gain momentum for the bill, which he believes will pass in 2014.