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Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction

In this Monday, March 30, 2020, photo, a shopper leaves a grocery story with food packed in a paper bag, where the dime-per-bag fee has been waved during the coronavirus outbreak, in Seattle. Just weeks earlier, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee. Grocery clerks are nervous that the virus could linger on reusable fabric bags and their unions are backing them up with demands to end plastic bag fees and suspend bag bans. The plastics industry has seized the moment, lobbying to overturn existing bans on single-use plastics. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

In this Monday, March 30, 2020, photo, a shopper leaves a grocery story with food packed in a paper bag, where the dime-per-bag fee has been waved during the coronavirus outbreak, in Seattle. Just weeks earlier, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee. Grocery clerks are nervous that the virus could linger on reusable fabric bags and their unions are backing them up with demands to end plastic bag fees and suspend bag bans. The plastics industry has seized the moment, lobbying to overturn existing bans on single-use plastics. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

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