Birmingham City Council expected to vote on plastic bag ban

Plastic bag ban vote expected Tuesday

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham City Council is expected to get ahead of the state and vote to ban plastic bags. The ordinance would also look to ban Styrofoam containers and other products that aren’t reusable.

Councilor Darrell O'Quinn said it’s an issue that was brought to him by people in his district. He said They were tired of seeing the waste.

The goal is to regulate businesses use of single use containers. He hopes this could transition the city to implement more biodegradable products.

O'Quinn said this vote in the city council could show state lawmakers that this issue is important to Birmingham voters, "Our citizens actually do care about this issue and want to retain the capacity to have some say in whether or not single-use containers are used by businesses."

Violators could face fines ranging from $50 to $100.

O’Quinn will bring this proposal to the city council on Tuesday.

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