Plastic bags and take-out containers banned in one Florida city

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — Starting Aug. 1, residents in Gainesville will no longer be allowed to use plastic bags.

According to WCJB, the Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted to ban single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers.

Grocery stores in the city will be prohibited from using plastic bags, while restaurants will be prohibited to hand out Styrofoam take-out containers.

The ordinance has some exceptions, for items like dog waste bags, newspapers and Styrofoam plates.

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