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A disease outbreak is a bad time to ban disposable plastics and paper

March 20, 2020

Forcing people to carry reusable food and beverage containers in public could accelerate the spread of microbes that cause infectious diseases, multiple academic studies suggest, the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy shows in a new policy briefing paper.

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Countries and U.S. States & Localities are Banning Plastics, but Plastic Products Help to Fight the Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

The ban on plastic shopping bags is back-firing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Banning plastic grocery bags spreads disease

March 18, 2020

The environmental cost of alternatives to plastic grocery bags should cause policymakers to resist further bans on them and to reconsider existing bans. More so, the spread of coronavirus and other bacteria demands the repeal of the bans on plastic grocery bags.

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Plastic bag bans aren’t helping us fight against coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit, warnings about potential public health consequences of banning single-use plastics in the name of environmental protection fell on deaf ears. But now people are wisely calling on lawmakers in New York, California, and other states and localities to reverse bans and regulations on single-use plastic grocery bags. Reusable bags can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 and other pathogens.

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Coronavirus is why plastic bag ban should go

March 18, 2020

According to a recent opinion piece, Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis’s recent comments on expanding the city’s ban on plastic bags were “out of touch, especially in this time of coronavirus.”

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Pandemic Prompts Call To Suspend Or Repeal Bag Bans & Taxes

March 17, 2020

Grocery store employees are on the front lines in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. But these critical workers shouldn’t be forced to handle reusable shopping bags that scientific researchers have found can act as Petri dishes for bacteria and carriers of harmful pathogens.

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To fight coronavirus, veto Washington’s plastic bag ban

March 17, 2020

Like other states, Washington is taking extraordinary measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The governor can do one simple thing to reduce a source of potential spread: veto the ban on plastic bags.

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“I worry NJ plastic bag ban may be spreading coronavirus”

March 16, 2020

“Politicians have ignored facts about spreading bacteria and disease with reusable bags for political purposes: America wants our leaders to be ‘green.’ But now with coronavirus, my fears have come home to roost.”

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The Plastic Bag Ban Backfires: Reusable bags are notoriously dirty and may spread the virus

March 16, 2020

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board is calling on New York officials to suspend the statewide plastic bag ban until the threat of the coronavirus has passed.

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Using tote bags instead of plastic could help spread the coronavirus

March 14, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is giving new meaning to those “sustainable” shopping bags that politicians and environmentalists have been so eager to impose on the public. These reusable tote bags can sustain the COVID-19 and flu viruses — and spread the viruses throughout the store.

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