Senate approves plastic bag ban

THE SHAW'S SUPERMARKET announced that it will no longer provide plastic bags to customers at its Barrington location.  / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/GRAHAM BARCLAY
The R.I. Senate unanimously passed legislation to ban plastic bags on Wednesday. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/GRAHAM BARCLAY
PROVIDENCE – The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation banning plastic bags statewide. The bill, sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, D-Providence, prohibits retailers from carrying single-use plastic bags or nonrecycle paper bags, replacing them with reusable cloth or plastic bags with handles. The amended version also includes recyclable cardboard boxes as an…

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