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Cleveland temporarily opts out of plastic bag ban

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Posted at 9:09 PM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 21:09:10-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland City Council voted to temporarily opt out of the plastic bag ban.

City council decided to exempt retailers from the ban, while a working group determines the best way to reduce plastic waste in Cleveland without hurting businesses.

The group will submit recommendation to council on July 1.

The city said at that point it will either join the county's ban or set its own legislation.

The county doesn't plan to enforce the ban until July, giving retailers a six-month grace period to adjust.

The county's bag ban will be effective on Jan 1.

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