Many in the plastics industry have their eyes on Seattle and how city residents will vote next year on the issue of paying a 20-cent fee for each disposable grocery bag. The bag-fee ordinance was passed by the City Council this year, but the chemistry industry funded an anti-fee petition drive that succeeded in letting voters decide on the issue. Among those watching the outcome are makers of reusable bags, who could see a boom if the fee is imposed, and makers of biodegradable bags.

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