A San Diego City Council committee this week advanced a plan to ban plastic carryout shopping bags from stores and require stores to charge a 25-cent fee for paper carryout bags, while encouraging the use of reusable shopping bags. The American Chemistry Council noted that plastic bags use far less energy to create than paper bags and called for more time to consider the ban. "A ban on plastic retail bags would naturally force retailers to use alternative bags, namely paper," said the ACC's Jennifer Forkish. "These products are three to five times more expensive, which means higher operating costs for stores and higher prices for their customers."

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