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City considering ban on plastic bags

Posted at 5:55 PM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 11:42:10-04

Wednesday night the Mayor Jean Stothert spoke about the idea of a ban on plastic bags. 

Some people are all for it because they say it helps the environment, while others say they like reusing the plastic bags in their home.

Either way some grocery stores are already taking the initiative to get rid of them.

"Keep the plastic bags, it don't cost the store that much compared to paper," Jim Pabiam said.

The battle over plastic shopping bags has begun in Omaha.

"The scariest part is when you are on the interstate and a plastic bag is flying and you're scared it's going to come down on your windshield," Jessica Jenney said.

Depending on where you like to shop, you may be offered paper, plastic or nothing at all.

"Actually most of the customers like it, it was an easy transition because we had so many request for it," said Jennifer Burback, regional manager for Akin's Natural Foods.

She said her store only offers paper bags, but promote bringing your own.

"Being that we are a natural food business and we do everything naturally, we thought it was an easy common sense thing for us to do," Burback said.

She said the store stopped offering plastic bags more than a decade ago.

"It's better for the environment, and it's not really going to be in the trees and out in the cornfield," she said.

Some grocery shoppers say paper bags will make food more expensive.

"When it cost the store more, it cost the people buying the product more.." said Pabiam.

The ban may eliminate litter like this, but using paper bags is a health concern for others.

"My hands are very dry, when I touch paper paper bags it really irritates my hands," Jenney said.

While Burback says stores offering no bags at all may be the real answer.

"I personally would like to see people bring their own bags," Burback said.