With economy still in decline, plastic-bag fees, bans fail

02/25/2009 | NYTimes.com

Support for plastic-bag bans has spread to jurisdictions across the country, but with the declining economy, no state has succeeded in imposing a fee or a ban, with officials saying they fear a public backlash over increased fees. National environmental groups have focused on broader federal issues such as carbon emissions and renewable energy, and plastic-bag makers say the government should instead encourage recycling education programs and boost access to recycling receptacles at retail stores.

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