Plastic bags

A mix of paper and plastic bags await customers at Wohlner's grocery in Omaha.

OMAHA — The Omaha City Council is set to consider an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags from grocery stores.

City Council members Pete Festersen and Ben Gray introduced the ban.

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Festersen says the ordinance would ban plastic bags in food sales establishments — mainly grocery stores. He says it would not initially apply to convenience stores, gas stations or dry cleaners, or discount retailers such as Walmart and Target. It also would not ban plastic produce bags.

Festersen says the ordinance should appear on the City Council agenda next week, along with a proposed waste collection contract.