Brattleboro bans plastic shopping bags
The Vermont town of Brattleboro has banned local businesses from giving out single-use plastic shopping bags.
The ban went into effect on July 1.
Town manager Peter Elwell says the major retailers have a made a smooth transition and most of the smaller shops are also complying.
Voters in the southern Vermont town last year overwhelmingly approved the ban.
Three area businesses have asked for a six-month extension to comply.
Violators would receive a warning. After a third warning, they face a $50 fine.
California and Hawaii ban disposable plastic bags and a number of cities including Chicago and San Francisco and dozens of other communities prohibit them.
A statewide ban was introduced in the Vermont Legislature last year but it didn't make it out of committee.