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Committee to consider public awareness campaign on plastic bag use

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Beth Wheelock
February 16, 2009

The Sustainable Janesville Committee meets Tuesday to discuss how to best reduce the amount of plastic shopping bags used in the city.


Committee Chair Tom McDonald says at one point, the committee considered an outright ban on the bags, but quickly discarded the idea. Instead, the committee is considering a voluntary public education campaign. For example, businesses could be encouraged to post signs reminding shoppers to bring their resuable bags. The city could also provide information through low-cost educational resources, like its website or the Park Place News quarterly newsletter.


McDonald says the city isn't anticipating spending any money on the public awareness project.


The Sustainable Janesville Committee discusses its options further at 6pm in City Council Chambers.



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