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Plastic bags are sticking around in Erie County

Posted at 8:59 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 08:59:52-04

Plastic bags will be sticking around in Erie County.  For now.

The County Legislature unanimously voted down a proposal to study the viability of banning plastic bags from retail and grocery stores.  That plan would cost $75,000.

“The Legislature does not support spending $75,000 of taxpayer dollars on a  plastic bag study, especially at a time when we are dealing with health crises and more important priorities,” Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo said.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is in favor of a plastic bag ban.  He says he will find another way to pay for the study.