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Orange Council to look at voluntary bag ban

Written on the 5 March 2013 by ABC News

The Orange City Council has been recommended to support the voluntary banning of supermarket style plastic bags.

The Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange first flouted the idea of banning light-weight check-out style bags last year, initially in the retail sector, then across the entire city.

A report to Orange Council's Environment and Economic Development Policy Committee meeting tonight says says while plastic bags are outlawed in places like the Australian Capital Territory, the council doe not have the legislative power to enforce a ban.

The report says the state government is looking at potentially banning non-compostable plastic bags by 2016, and in the meantime council could look at a voluntary ban.

It has been suggested the council seek the support of local groups and businesses and approach the state and federal governments for funding that may help facilitate the move.

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