CNMI plans to outlaw plastic bags

8:19 am on 26 January 2017

A bill that would ban the use of plastic checkout bags in the Northern Marianas has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

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Representative Vinnie Sablan's bill was introduced in the previous legislature but wasn't acted upon.

The proposed legislation aims to promote the use of reusable bags, recycled paper, biodegradable or compostable plastic designed for reuse, and reusable bags made of washable materials.

Violation carries a fine of up to $US1000 if the bill becomes a law.

The US Environmental Protection Agency reported Americans use more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks, and wraps each year.