Plastic shopping bags to potentially be regulated in Fayetteville

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A new study could regulate the use of plastic shopping bags within the City of Fayetteville.

City Council members voted Tuesday in favor of conducting a study on how to regulate several kinds of plastic bags and difficult to recycle single use plates, bowls, cups and utensils.

The council requested mayor Lioneld Jordan pick city staff to work with the environmental action committee to reach out to business users of these products.

“The point is to be able to do appropriate research to see what works for the citizens of Fayetteville,” said Teresa Turk, Ward 4, Fayetteville City Council. “To make sure we don’t impact the small, local businesses, because these local businesses are what Fayetteville is made of. This is what makes Fayetteville so great. So we want to be conscientious about this, very pragmatic and get all the results from different investigations and studies that we do. “

In May, the City Council approved a ban of Styrofoam for environmental purposes.

The city will no longer use tax payer money to buy the product, and vendors on city property will be banned from using it.

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