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UPDATE: Dubuque City council takes steps towards banning plastic bags

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UPDATE:  The city council voted to start working on a draft that would ban the use of plastic bags.  The city sees it as an opportunity to help the environment by not having non-biodegradable bags.

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DUBUQUE -- An analysis by Dubuque city workers says a surcharge on plastic shopping bags would be complicated to implement and could expose the city to lawsuits if not done properly.
   The Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2k7AIim ) that a memo from Cori Burbach, the city's sustainable community coordinator, says charging shoppers a fee for plastic bags would require a substantial amount of staff time and resources to oversee.
   The goal of a fee would be to reduce the use of plastic bags, which tend to be non-biodegradable and clog landfills and harm wildlife.
   The Dubuque City Council will consider the fee proposal Monday during a meeting at the Historic Federal Building.
   Communities around the U.S. have taken similar measures to ban or charge a fee for plastic shopping bags.
 

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