You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Providence

State lawmakers urged to ban plastic bags

Continue reading below

Environmental advocates are urging Rhode Island lawmakers to ban plastic bags to reduce litter and protect wildlife and water quality. A House committee reviewed the proposal Thursday. It would prohibit retailers from handing out plastic shopping bags, though stores could still provide paper bags at a cost of 10 cents per bag. More than 7,300 people have signed a petition urging lawmakers to pass the legislation. Another 130 businesses have endorsed the plan too. Last year Barrington became the first town in Rhode Island to ban plastic bags, joining such cities as San Francisco, Westport, Conn., Seattle, and Los Angeles. In Massachusetts, Brookline and Nantucket are among the towns that have banned the bags and lawmakers on Beacon Hill are considering a statewide ban.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.