Lawrence group to review ban on plastic bags, straws

Board to make recommendations to City Commission

July 27, 2018 - 5:48 pm

A local advisory board in Lawrence will look at whether the city can participate in reducing the amount of disposable plastics it uses.

The city's Sustainability Advisory Board voted this month to prioritize the issue of single-use plastics. The board is forming a community work group to study single-use plastics like plastic bags, straw and food containers, and methods to reduce their use.

Plastic bags have been scrutinized in some communities because of their difficulty to recycle. Lawrence's curbside recycling program doesn't accept plastic grocery bags. Plastic straws have more recently come under the spotlight, with Seattle banning them starting this month.

The work group will include community members who'll bring a recommendation to the board after conducting research. The board will provide a recommendation to the City Commission.

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